Frequently Asked Questions about Tufts Paws for People

The following are some frequently asked questions about the Tufts Paws for People program. For more information please contact the program.

What is a Pet Partner Team?

A Pet Partner Team is a human who has undergone training, usually in the form of the Pet Partners® Handler training workshop the Delta Society, and their animal companion.

Are dogs the only species allowed to participate?

No, the Pet Partners® program allows for most domestic species including birds, rabbits, rats, llamas, pigs, ducks, miniature horses, cows and goats. Dogs and cats are the most common species.

How old do I have to be to participate?

With parental/guardian permission, children as young as 10 years of age may participate in the Tufts Paws for People and Pet Partners® program.

What if I don’t have an appropriate animal?

The Pet Partners® program allows you to participate without an animal—you can assist a new team on their initial visits to a facility, help set up programs in facilities, and help with evaluations and events. You may also participate with an animal that you have a bond with that is owned by a friend or relative.

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