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.

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.

Our therapy animal teams regularly 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.

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 to 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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