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Tufts Paws for People is a non-profit organization in New England associated with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Tufts Paws for People provides education, evaluation, and mentorship for individuals looking to visit with their pet. We also provide assistance to facilities looking to start an animal visitation program, and our teams work in a variety of environments to provide safe and effective animal visitation.

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Pet Partners® Handler Training Workshop dates

  • February 26, 2017
  • June 18, 2017
  • October 22, 2017
State of the School, Cummings School Celebration 2013.

Pet Partners® Team Evaluation dates

  • January 22, 2017
  • March 19, 2017
  • April 23, 2017
  • May 14, 2017
  • July 16, 2017
  • August 13, 2017
  • September 24, 2017
  • November 5, 2017

Want to get involved?

Visit! Become a registered Pet Partners® team and visit with your own animal.

Volunteer! We always need volunteers without pets to help with a variety of tasks:

  • Workshops and evaluations
  • Educational events
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Office help

Donate! Our volunteer group is nonprofit and we do not charge for any visitation. Your monetary gift helps us train and mentor new teams, and keep our visits going.

Therapy dogs

Why work with us?

Tufts Paws for People teams are well-trained and prepared to provide effective and safe animal visitation.

Training: Members start with an 8 hour workshop provided by Pet Partners® instructors on safe and effective visitation.

Evaluation: Members must pass a rigorous Pet Partners® Team evaluation with their animal every 2 years.

Mentorship: Members are mentored by experienced Paws for People members for their first visits.

Health: All Tufts Paws for People teams are required to have:

  • Annual veterinary examinations
  • Current rabies vaccination
  • Annual parasite testing
  • Grooming within 24 hours of each visit
  • Proper identification and knowledge of facility policies
  • No contact with raw protein diets

Liability: All registered Pet Partners® teams carry liability insurance.