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Therapy Dog Attire Policy

While Pet Partners recognizes that many pet owners enjoy costuming their pets at home and even in public settings, particularly around many holiday events, the use of costumes and clothing in an animal-assisted therapy environment raises a number of concerns for the animal, the handler and the clients or patients being seen.

Pet Partners adheres to the global standards for animal welfare set by the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO.)  Their recommendations advising against animals wearing costumes or clothing during an animal-assisted interaction are based on research and input from veterinarians, clinical practitioners, and other human animal interaction organizations. IAHAIO White Paper Final Report. 

Pet Partners harbors no ill will towards motorcycle enthusiasts. Holiday costumes, tutus or clothing other than a scarf are also not allowed. We wish Mark and Chopper all the best and hope that they will continue to bring smiles to the people they meet.  Mark is welcome back by Pet Partners should he decide to follow our protocol regarding wearing clothing or costumes during a therapeutic encounter.

Recent Press Releases

March 2015: National Therapy Animal Day™ Treats and Sweets Day™
December 2104: Future Therapy Dog Kai Makes holiday Debut

August 2014: Pet Partners Names New Board of Directors Chairperson

May 2014: Pet Partners Welcomes New President/CEO

April 2014 Pet Partners Announces New Partnership with PetSmart

October 2012: Dr. Andrew Weil Joins Pet Partners' Honorary Board

September 2012: Pet Partners Gala to Celebrate 35 Years of the Human-Animal Bond

August 2012: Pet Partners Announces "Delta Spirit of Caring" Honoree

July 2012:  Pet Partners Announces Second Annual Fall Fundraising Gala

February 2012: Delta Society Is Now Pet Partners

Quick Links

Fast Facts
 for media about Pet Partners
Touching Lives, Improving Health - view our  video about the 'healing power' of pets.
Archived copies of Interactions - Pet Partners' membership magazine

For Media Inquiries Contact:

Glen Miller
Director of Communications, Media and Publications
Phone: (425) 679-5514
Email: glenm@petpartners.org

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