Columbia River Pet Partners

Columbia River Pet Partners is a Community Partner of the national Pet Partners organization. We serve the greater Portland, OR / Vancouver, WA area, and beyond. Our membership reaches from the Columbia River Gorge west to the Pacific Ocean, north to Longview and south to Salem.

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 engaging in events and activities that promote an awareness of the benefits of animal-assisted therapy, and by mentoring those interested in sharing their animals’ love with those in need. We recruit, train and evaluate therapy animal teams and match them with facilities in our communities.

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.

Books for Kids:  Many of our teams participate in Pet Partners Read With Me program, where children read to animals in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Our goal is to help children – especially those who are behind for their grade level – improve their reading, vocabulary and comprehension skills, and in turn their confidence and self-esteem.

Our Books for Kids program provides stickers, bookmarks and books as incentives and rewards to encourage children to participate in our reading programs in schools and libraries.

Become a Therapy Animal Team:  Would you like to join us? If you have a big heart, a little spare time and a well-behaved animal, visit Getting Started with Pet Partners to learn the steps you need to take to join us in serving our communities.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you learn more about the work we do. We truly find that we gain much more from this work than we could possibly give.

Peter Christensen
President, Columbia River Pet Partners


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