TheraPets Dog


As people who care about animals, we all have stories to tell of how an animal has touched our lives, either in the smallest of ways or at times more profoundly. The ARL’s Pet Therapy program, TheraPets, is bringing happiness and comfort that animals provide to those in our community who need it most!

ARL TheraPets offers animal companionship to people in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospices, schools and libraries by means of visits from our certified volunteer/pet teams.

The TheraPets program is sponsored in part by the Blumenthal family. To help the ARL expand therapeutic pet visits to even more people in the community, click here and reference "TheraPets".

  • What is a Therapy Animal?

    What is a Therapy Animal?

    Not to be confused with a service dog or an emotional support animal, a therapy animal is a companion pet that has been certified with their owner/handler to provide comfort and affection to others.

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  • How to Get Involved

    How to Get Involved

    Volunteering with your pet as an ARL TheraPets team is a fun and rewarding experience! If you are interested in becoming a TheraPets team, the first step is attending orientation. During orientation, you'll learn all about pet therapy, the ARL TheraPets program and how you and your pet can get involved!

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  • Request a TheraPets Visit

    Request a TheraPets Visit

    Through guided interactions with a certified TheraPets team, thousands of people in central Iowa are benefiting from this incredible therapeutic service every year. Request your TheraPets visit by providing us with some basic information about your facility. Please note there may be a wait time before we're able to fill your request.

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