FAQ'sHow old should my pet be to do pet therapy?
Your pet should be at least one year of age and have been living with you for at least six months.
What if my pet does not qualify the first time? Can I retest right away or do I have to wait?
Animals often don’t qualify the first time because they need to mature or they need more training. We recommend that you attend a basic training class with your pet prior to taking the evaluation. If you take the test and fail, your evaluator will discuss a plan with you and recommend when/if you should re-test. If your pet exhibits aggression or severe stress during the evaluation, then pet therapy would not be an option.
What facilities will be available for me to visit?
We have many visits for you to choose from each week - in a variety of different settings and locations. We set up visits to hospitals, schools, libraries, non-profit agencies and nursing and rehab centers. We encourage you to try a number of visits to see what works best for you and your therapy pet.
Will I be visiting facilities on my own or with other teams?
Before you go out on your own, you will go out on one or two visits with an experienced therapy team. They will help you to feel more comfortable during your first visits. After that, you may go out by yourself or with one other team (as many facilities like to have two teams come for the scheduled visit).
Can I choose some places to visit near my home?
If you find places near your home that are not on the CCPT approved list, contact the CCPT office to set up a Facility Agreement with that facility. CCPT certification badges are only to be worn at approved CCPT facilities. We will contact them to sign a contract for insurance purposes.
I’d like to meet other people who are involved in pet therapy - will there be opportunities for this?
Absolutely! We feel that people often volunteer in order to meet others. And your pets should get to know the other furry visitors. We will be holding regularly scheduled get-togethers to socialize, share and learn. Some of these meetings will be with pets, some may just be for humans.
Will I be covered by insurance when I go on visits?
CCPT has group insurance to cover volunteers in good standing.
I have some time on my hands right now – are there other opportunities to volunteer?
We do have opportunities to volunteer without an animal but please note that we do not have a kennel. All our therapy pets are owned by and live with their handlers. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss specific volunteer jobs.
Can I purchase some clothing with the CCPT logo?
YES, we love to have people showing off our logo. We have a variety of items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece vests and hats.