She's also been active with Animal Assisted Crisis Response and with the Delta Society
Pet Partners, who volunteer their time and their dogs to be with people in emotional distress.
Pet Partners, established in Portland, Oregon as Delta Society
in 1977, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal interactions which improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those they serve.
Such animal-assisted activities have been widely used in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and in Europe and Asia (Cardak, 2009; Delta Society
, 2012; International Organization of Human-animal Interaction, 2012; Jalongo, Astorino, & Bomboy, 2004; Therapy Dogs International, 2012).
Stevens has mastered a series of hand and other signals to communicate with the miniature horses, and the couple will soon take a therapy animal certification exam administered by Washington-based Pet Partners, formerly the Delta Society
The possible situations and scenarios that could be enhanced by using an animal in a therapeutic setting are so vast that in 1977, the Delta Society
emerged in an attempt to organize and encourage pet therapy.
The Delta Society
is a national nonprofit organization which focuses on training, certifying, and registering therapy and service dogs, and conducts research into human-animal interactions.
All dogs must register with the Delta Society
, a nonprofit group that works to further the human-pet bond.
They must be obedience-trained; have controllable, reliable behavior; and be registered by Delta Society
as therapy dogs.
The Delta Society
, a national registering agency for animals, provides testing protocols, lessons for the handlers and up to $1 million in liability insurance at low cost to the teams.
Pet owners are also less likely to be sick, according to The Delta Society
in Renton, Wash.
The doggy experiment teaches students self-control, explains Nancy Dapper of the Delta Society
, a nonprofit organization that trains pets for animal-assisted therapy.
Recently, Hines and Fredrickson (1998) reported that the Delta Society
has developed standards of practice that define the role of animals in therapeutic programs.