FAITHFUL PAWS PET THERAPY PROGRAM makes scheduled monthly visits to many facilities in and around Houston,
Texas. We were founded in June of 1997 and are sponsored by Bellaire
United Methodist Church. We currently have about 300 certified human-pet teams and visit about 85 facilities.
PURPOSE: A team of organized volunteers involving the incorporation
of trained animals specifically designed to administer unconditional love and therapy to adults and children in nursing homes
or hospitals and to share the joy and furry love of our pets with the people we visit.
Animal assisted therapy is a scientifically proven form of therapy that is recognized as therapeutic and recreational.
INTERESTED IN JOINING US? Be sure and CONTACT US FIRST (last page on this web site)
for mailing information for your application paperwork. Read all the information on this web site. There is a waiting
list for our classes.
you will commit to visiting at least once a month after your pet gets certified.
Be sure you have completely
read and agree to follow the Rules and the General Information pages on this web site.
We are all volunteers, and are sponsored by the Bellaire United Methodist Church in Bellaire, Texas (in the middle of Houston,
Texas). Our Director (Founder and Instructor) holds classes
from 7:30 pm until about 8:30 every Tuesday evening except in December and January. Classes include some
basic obedience and a lot of practice at socialization with people and other pets, and practice with things the pets may face
on a visit to a facility.
Most of our certified pets
are dogs, but we also have cats, rabbits, and other furry or feathered friends. We do not use reptiles. Dogs must pass the
CGC (Canine Good Citizen - see list of skills on "contact us" page) test and/or Temperament test. Cats, rabbits,
and other small pets must pass Temperament testing. Pets must be current on all vaccinations and there is a form to have your
vet complete. Many of our owners have more than one pet. Some facilities will allow us to bring more than one pet on a visit,
but we do not allow more than two pets per member on a visit.
There is no start or end date for classes. Newcomers added to class all during the year, as openings are available.
Contact us before coming to a class, because there is a waiting list, and new pets are added in the order in which
we receive their completed paperwork. When you contact us, include your name and phone number, and pet’s name and
breed. Classes are ongoing, and pets are sent for testing for certification as each pet is ready. Some pets may take only
a few classes, and some may take many months of training before they are ready to be certified. Pets may be any age to start
classes, but must be at least 6 months old to become certified.
Our group has arrangements with about 80 facilities that
our certified members visit – hospitals, nursing homes, rehab facilities, etc. Members are required to visit at least
monthly. More is better. Each facility has a team leader who coordinates the requirements for that facility. Some facilities
require a TB test, Flu shot, and/or background check; some require special attire; some require additional training or orientation.
We require all members to follow HIPAA confidentiality laws. Visits are done as a group on a set schedule with the team leader
and only to pre-arranged facilities. We do not ever visit in individual homes, or as part of any job or business.
Our therapy teams truly enjoy every visit, and our pets bring so
much joy to the residents of these facilities. If this sounds like something you might enjoy doing with your pet, and you
will commit your time to visits at our cooperating facilities after being certified, we would love to have you contact
us. Be sure you have read our whole web site, then print out all the information and forms and send us your contact information.
Thank you for your interest.