Columbia River Pet Partners

Supporting children with cancer

Who We Are:  We are a Community Partner of the national Pet Partners organization, and we serve the greater Portland, OR / Vancouver, WA area.

What We Do:  Our mission is to enrich people's lives and promote health and happiness through positive human-animal interactions, with a primary goal of increasing the number of therapy animal teams volunteering in our communities.

We accomplish this by promoting an awareness of the benefits of animal-assisted therapy, and mentoring those interested in sharing their animal's love with those in need.

Where We Visit:  Our therapy animal teams visit a wide variety of facilities including schools, libraries, retirement homes, assisted living homes, nursing homes, hospitals and hospices. We even comfort children in dental offices.

Our Books for Kids program provides books as incentives and rewards to encourage children to participate in our animal-assisted reading programs in schools and libraries.

If you have a big heart, a little spare time and a well-behaved animal, visit Becoming a Registered Therapy Animal Team to learn the steps you need to take to join us in serving our communities.

Please let us know what we can do to help you.

Peter Christensen
President, Columbia River Pet Partners


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