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?
SURE you will commit to visiting at least once a month, starting as soon as your pet gets certified with us.
SURE you have completely read and agree to follow our Rules and the General Information pages on this web site.
Be sure and
CONTACT US FIRST (last page on this web site) for mailing information for your application paperwork.
Read all the information on all the pages on this web site. There is normally a waiting list for our classes.
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.
of our certified pets are dogs, but we also have cats, rabbits, and other furry or feathered friends. We do not use reptiles
or exotic animals. 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 are 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 100 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.