So you’ve been dreaming of working as a therapy team with your dog, cat, horse, or guinea pig, for as long as you can remember, but don’t know where to start? This is what we suggest:

1) Take (and pass!) the American Kennel Club®'s CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test offered by one of the evaluators listed on the American Kennel Club website using this link . Please note that some evaluators might not have training facilities and therefore be unable to offer CGC training classes. For recommended trainers, see our Links.

2) Contact us to schedule a "pre-test" to determine if you and your animal friend have what it takes to become a therapy team, and if you should invest in more advanced training and in the certification process. We conduct pre-tests at Canine College in Lakewood on a regular basis. For more information on Canine College and the pre-test, see this page.

3) Contact us to register for the Get Ready for Therapy Work 2-week training program with your dog if you think that you need a little extra work in that department! We offer the 2-hour class on Sunday afternoon at Canine College in Lakewood. For more information on our Get Ready for Therapy Work training, see this page.

4) If you think you're ready for the BIG step, contact us to register for the next Animals 4 Therapy's Certification Test. See our calendar here for the schedule. 


     For the most updated information regarding facilities where Animals 4 Therapy teams can visit, please contact us, or contact the facilities directly if you would like to start a program, or need to know whether or not a facility needs teams.

Once you've selected a facility that interests you, all you need to do is contact that facility's Volunteers Office and find out 1)if they need therapy teams at this time, and 2)if they do, schedule your volunteer training with them. Each facility has its own requirements for volunteers, so the best way to get accurate information is to contact the facilities directly. IMPORTANT: Always remember to mention that our teams are covered by a $2M liability insurance - facilities love to hear that!


Sadly our four-legged partner's lifespan is usually shorter than ours, and sometimes our teams must face the harsh reality that their partner has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. How can we continue the journey without a furry friend? Since Animals 4 Therapy strongly believes that unwanted dogs deserve a second chance, we created the rehoming program called Spencer's List*.

Through our extensive network of shelters, rescues, and reputable breeders, we can offer temperament testing of potential candidates for a small fee. When possible, we encourage adopters to foster before finalizing their choice. If you find yourself in that situation, please contact us and we will be happy to add your name and requirements to Spencer's List.

*Exclusively offered to Animals 4 Therapy members. If you're not a member and are searching for a potential therapy animal, please visit your local shelter, rescue, or reputable breeder.

Colorado Pet Partners
In Memory of "Spencer" 
the shelter dog who paved the way.


Training and evaluations for people and their pets interested in animal-assisted activities and therapy.
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