Therapy Animals of Redding
A Visiting Animal Group - Pet Partners® & ITA R.E.A.D.® Affiliate Teams


Animals helping people enhancing health through the human animal bond…
Never under estimate the impact you can make!

Therapy Animals of Redding is training animal handlers to bring their Therapy Dogs, Therapy Cats and other pets to facilities for Animal Assisted Interactions/Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAI/AAA/AAT) in Northern California. 

We are currently seeking Animal Team volunteers for Shasta Regional Medical Center.  Join Owen pictured to visit this beautiful facility.  It truly touches your heart to bring smiles to SRMC's patients and staff.  We have been visiting SRMC since 2000 and thank them for their donations and support of our program.

Start off with the Pet Partner Animal Handler Course coming up.  See below for the registration form.

Don't miss out on internationally recognized author Ann Howie, coming to Redding's beautiful Lema Ranch in 2016.  See below for the registration form.

Do you want to volunteer with your pet?

Join Therapy Animals of Redding

How to Start?

If you feel that you and your pet may be interested in becoming a volunteer visiting team with Therapy Animals of Redding the first step is for you to contact us for information about qualifying for this very unique kind of volunteering.  The next step is to attend the course below.

Pet Partners Therapy Animal Handler Course



Saturday, 9/10/2016

9 am – 5 pm


One month after the course

by appointment only

Contact us at for registration form

Reading Education Assistance Dogs ® (R.E.A.D.) Affiliate & Pet Partners

Is your pet reliable, controllable and predictable?

Are you friendly and enjoy visiting with people?

Then you would make an excellent Pet Partners team and volunteer!!

Workshop Goal: Educate new volunteers through the Pet Partners Team Training Course standards, that includes volunteer handler team professionalism and safety when working in the field of animal-assisted activities/interactions (AAA/AAI) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT).

PREREQUISITES: We highly recommend a recent obedience course (within one year) for dogs in preparation for the Pet Partners Evaluation. This is a good way to “know” your dog’s behavior with people and other dogs prior to the Evaluation and to “know” they are socialized and have solid heal, sit, down, stay and come. Dogs must be one year of age and in your home for six months prior to the Pet Partners evaluation. Children should be 10 years or older. Other domestic pets are welcome (i.e.: rabbits, cats, rats, birds).

Practice, Practice, and More Practice” is optional training to assess proficiency in the evaluation skills required. This training is only available to members or those who have registered for our Pet Partners course. BE AWARE... Your Dog IS! ~ If you are registered and have questions about Practice contact Cheryl at 246-4220 or

Practice, Practice, and More Practice eval prep course ~ By appt only! – refreshes skills that your team needs for successful completion of the evaluation using your dogs already established obedience skills. Dogs should be well socialized and have minimum skills that include a solid heal, sit, down, stay and come. Practice all the evaluation exercises with helpful hints from the trainer including the skills below.

  • Obedience with distractions in a fun and positive environment
  • Dog’s response in potentially stressful situations including petting from stranger, clumsy petting, group petting
  • Safety skills in an unfamiliar environment – P.E.T.S.
  • Loose leash walking with increasing distractions

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