The Pet Therapy program started in 2006 as a community service of the Clark County Red Cross in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Newman, the "founding member", has visited many local nursing homes, disaster shelters, rehab facilities and assisted-living facilities in the Southern Indiana and Louisville area. The program has grown with a second team of volunteer handlers and trained dogs operating out of Fort Knox serving the military community. (Fort Knox Pet Therapy)
Based on word-of-mouth praise, as well as media exposure, we receive requests for pet therapy weekly. From a 6-pound Yorkie to a 190-pound English Mastiff, and everything in-between, we can find a match for you or your facility.
All our dogs and their handlers have received their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification and have been evaluated by a professional trainer to ensure they are good candidates for our program. Some of our dogs, such as Newman, are also certified by Therapy Dogs International.
All of our human volunteers in our program undergo a background check. All teams are covered by insurance provided by the American Red Cross.
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Currently, we have visitation agreements with many facilities in Southern Indiana and the Louisville Metro area, such as rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, Alzheimer patient centers, retirement villages, hospitals and cancer centers. As our membership increases, our ability to reach new facilities will follow suit. Many of our teams reside in Louisville and we are available to take requests throughout the entire Kentuckiana area.
Become part of the Pet Therapy Program
If you are interested in becoming part of the Clark County Indiana Pet Therapy program, please print and complete the application and other forms and return them to 1805 E. 8th Street, Jeffersonville, IN. Upon completion of the required training for your pet, you will also need to provide the appropriate papers to the program administrator.
Clark County Indiana Pet Therapy – 812-283-8416
Fort Knox Pet Therapy - 502-624-2163