The Austin/Central Texas Qualifying and Training Classes are held at:

Hearts and Paws
13291 Pond Springs Road, Austin, TX 78729
(512) 347-1984

How to volunteer:

  • Only one pet per applicant
  • All pets must be one year old, but less than ten years.
  • Pet must be "owned" by you for one year.
  • Dogs must come to Q/T Class already trained in basic obedience.

  • Dogs must have current inoculations for:
    • Rabies, Distemper, CAV-2-Adenovirus, Bordetella, Parainfluenza, Parvo Virus, and Parasite Control (for heartworm, fleas and ticks)
  • Cats must have current inoculations for:
    • Rabies, Panleukopenia, Rhinotrachetis, Calici Virus, and Parasite Control (for heartworm, fleas and ticks)
    • Also, if applicable: Leukemia and Chlamydia
  • All pets must have a yearly physical, fecal check, and heartworm test. Year-round heartworm preventative medication is also required.

  • All pets must meet the following standards:
  • Temperament: People Pleasing Personality
  • Socialized: Secure in new places, gets along well with other pets
  • Obedient: Obeys owner and under control at all times
  • Excellent Health: Annual physical exams and all required inoculations must be kept current.
  • Squeaky Clean: Including ears, eyes, breath, toenails trimmed smooth
    Applicant will not be permitted to attend class if pet is dirty!

  • Dogs must be controllable without choke chain / pinch collar and on leash at all times. Use short 3-4 ft leash, no Flexi-lead. No harness on dogs over 25 lbs.
  • Cats must be harness trained and on leash at all times. Also must be well adapted to carrier and auto travel.

Must be at least 18 years of age

Qualifying and Training Class
Both applicant and dog must attend TPPT's two-hour class. Cat owners must attend the class, but cats will be evaluated at the TPPT office prior to the day of the class. The first half of the orientation class is an explanation of TPPT’s rules and regulations. The second half of the class is a “hands on” walk-through with TPPT Evaluators simulating situations encountered in healthcare facilities; such as, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.

Applicants will be given the "Pet Pal Pointer" handbook outlining TPPT’s rules and regulations. Instructions for the proper completion of the application and other required TPPT forms will be given at the class.

After successful completion and processing of paperwork, the trainee and pet will be assigned an experienced TPPT Trainer, who will make a minimum of three training visits with them at a healthcare facility.

TPPT membership requires a firm commitment of a minimum of two visits per month to your assigned facility. This provides adequate time to establish a "bond" between the residents and the TPPT volunteers. Many residents/patients have very few, if any other visitors, so TPPT visits become an important and anxiously awaited part of their routine.

Call TPPT office: 512-347-1984

After pre-screening send:
* Completed Certificate of Vaccination (This will be emailed to you.)
* $50 registration fee (non-refundable)

Attendance at the Qualifying and Training Class is mandatory.
No walk-ins allowed.
Please bring your dog on a 3-4 foot leash - no flexi-leads, choke chains or prong collars.

Please do not bring treats to the class.

Qualifying / Training Class Dates 2020







* Class begins at 2:00PM *