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Love on a Leash - Pet Therapy Visit Requests

The Zone partners with Love on a Leash to provide certified therapy dogs during our Therapy Fluffies program. If you would like to request pet therapy visits from Love on a Leash follow the instructions from Love on a Leash below. If you have previously requested Therapy Fluffies in the past, requests have changed to a new format.

NOTE: Therapy Fluffies is the brand and name of The Zone's pet therapy program. The use of "Therapy Fluffies" is for Zone programs or collaborations with The Zone only. 

LOVE ON A LEASH

Love on a Leash® provides certification procedures for therapy pets and their owners and we work to increase public awareness of the benefits of pet provided therapy. As volunteers of Love on a Leash® we regularly take our trained, family pets to visit residents in assisted living homes and Alzheimer's facilities and patients in hospitals and hospice care facilities. We also visit schools, libraries, day-care centers and special education classrooms serving as a teaching tool and enriching educational goals. Additionally, we visit colleges & universities to provide stress relief for students during final exams.  They put a smile on someone's face, make their day a little brighter, or bring back a cherished memory

WHAT IS PET THERAPY?   

A therapy animal is a pet that is trained with its owner, as a team, to provide comfort and stress relief to others in a variety of situations. A pet therapy dog provides companionship and emotional comfort to many people and must be trained to tolerate a wide range of environments and people (babies, young adults, elder people, Alzheimer's, skilled nursing, etc.).

Therapy pets are usually the personal pets of their handlers. They work as a team with their handler to provide a variety of services to others. Therapy pet teams volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. In addition to providing emotional and social support, therapy pets may also help individuals achieve physical and educational goals. For example, throwing a ball to a dog to increase mobility or having children read aloud to a dog.  

To become a certified Therapy Pet, most organizations have evaluations the handler and pet must pass as a team. Certification typically includes insurance coverage, consistent visit and behavior guidelines, animal health assurances, and cleanliness standards.  

For more information visit http://www.loveonaleash.org/.

Information about Pet Therapy Visit Requests

To request pet therapy visit for your event, please contact the Love on a Leash Visit Captain, Andra Lew, at kalanilew@yahoo.com with the Pet Therapy Visit Request Form information below. Please DO NOT add as PDF or Word Doc, just email the information from request form.

  • DESCRIPTION: The event and any activities should be about stress relief for the participants.  
  • LENGTH OF OUTREACH: 1 hour max, to be determined by the LOAL Visit Captain and the event coordinator (while it may not look like it's a lot of work, the dogs get tired after 1 hour).
  • NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: The event should have at least 80-100 participants.
  • LOCATION OF EVENT: Event area must be at least 22 ft. x 16 ft. Therapy dogs must be able spread out in the event area and have space for 4-5 people around each dog.
  • COST: The Pet Therapy Teams are volunteers, there is no charge for their visits.
  • PARKING: Therapy dog volunteers will need free reserved parking provided near the event location, along with driving/parking directions to campus and to the event. This will be requested if your Request for Pet Therapy Fluffies is approved.
  • TIME OF VISITS: Requests must be for programs during Week 1-8 only. LIMITED evening visits to be worked out with requesting organization and LOAL Visit Captain.

Pet Therapy Visit Request Form:

All outreaches must be requested at least 3 weeks in advance. All requests may not be able to be met due to the high volume of requests. All requests are up to the discretion of the LOAL Visit Captain, Andra Lew. Please be sure to send all the requested information below, or you will be re-directed back to this website.

  • Contact Person:
  • Back up Contact Person:
  • Organization/Department FULL Name:
  • E-mail (Personal):
  • Back up Contact E-mail (Personal):
  • Phone CELL Number:
  • Back up Phone CELL Number:
  • Name of Program:
  • Date of Program:
  • Time that you would like Love on  to attend (include beginning and end time):
  • Location full name:
  • Size of room (Please provide room dimensions and photo of EVENT location. NOTE: The ZONE Pet Therapy Visit area is 22 ft x 16 ft): 
  • Estimated # of Attendees:
  • Event Description:
  • Have you visited Therapy Fluffies The Zone or a Therapy Fluffies Extravaganza event during finals week?
  • Additional comments/requests:
  • Please also answer the following questions and include in your e-mail:
  • 1. Will the event be outside? If so, can you provide 2 canopies (pop-ups) for shade for the dogs?
    2. Can you provide RESERVED parking for the volunteers if pet therapy visit is during week?
    3. Can you provide water and water bowls for the dogs?
    4. Can you provide chairs for the handler's to sit on?
    5. Will there be food and/or music?

  • NOTE: If there are food/snacks involved, please make sure it is set up AWAY from the therapy dogs and that students do not eat while petting the dogs. NO balloons or anything that could cause a loud noise and startle the dogs.

REMINDER: Therapy Fluffies is the brand and name of The Zone pet therapy program. The use of "Therapy Fluffies" is for Zone programs or collaborations with The Zone only.