Request A Visit

The ARL is dependent on individual and corporate contributions to care for its animals and fund our programs, including TheraPets. To make a one-time or monthly donation to help provide therapeutic pet visits in our community, click here and reference "TheraPets".

Are you interested in having TheraPets teams visit your facility or event? We're happy to help.

While we strive to fulfill all requests and do so in a timely manner, the recent surge in demand has, at times, made this goal difficult to achieve. Please keep this in mind when submitting your request.

Recurring Visits

Our volunteer TheraPets teams regularly visit hospitals, assisted living and long-term care facilities, hospices, schools, libraries, shelters and more. We're currently partnered with over 50 facilities in 7 central Iowa counties!

If you are interested in becoming an ARL TheraPets Partner Facility, please submit your request here

Please note: Due to insurance regulations, TheraPets teams are never allowed to visit private residences unless under the direct guidance of a home health care agency who requests the visit on behalf of their client.

One-Time/Special Events

Our volunteer TheraPets teams visit high schools/colleges for exam de-stress, libraries' read-to-TheraPet programs and Sensory Spaces events, employer-sponsored wellness events, conferences, crisis support events and more. 

If you are wanting to include TheraPets at your event, please submit your request here. After review, we will let you know if teams are available. To give our volunteers sufficient advance notice, requests must be submitted a minimum 30 days before your event*.

*If there are special circumstances (e.g. bereavement, crisis intervention/support), please email us at