TheraPets Dog


We remain committed to the health and safety of both our TheraPets volunteers and the people we serve. 

 We're happy to offer visit alternatives including virtual, outdoor and window (weather permitting).
If you are a care facility interested in one of these visit options, please contact us for more information at

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, hospitals, 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 training workshop where you'll learn all about pet therapy and the ARL TheraPets program.

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  • Request a TheraPets Visit

    Request a TheraPets Visit

    The main goal of the TheraPets program is to provide therapeutic and educational experiences in our community. Through guided interactions with certified TheraPets teams, thousands of people in central Iowa are benefiting from this incredible service every year.

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