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Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, Inc.
3930 Bee Cave Road, Suite C
Austin, TX  78746

(512) 347-1984


Volunteer Center hours & days: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday (closed Tuesdays & weekends)

Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, Inc. currently serves the Austin/Central Texas area with a chapter in The Woodlands/Houston area.

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There's a new breed of volunteer walking the halls of health care facilities...many breeds, in fact!

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Therapy Pet Pals of Texas (TPPT) pets come in many sizes and breeds--from a cuddly feline to a majestic Great Dane. Founded in 1984 and incorporated in 1990, TPPT is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) volunteer organization that shares the love of pets with institutionalized individuals who are deprived of the very special and unconditional love that animals can give. Through grants and generosity of friends and business sponsors, TPPT continues to grow and spread happiness to many ill and elderly people.

Why Pet Therapy Is So Important

Numerous healthcare studies have been conducted that indicate that regular contact with a pet reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, encourages exercise, promotes intimacy and contributes to a general feeling of well-being. Pet ownership can even aid in recovery from serious illness and promote longer life!

Skeptics of pet therapy often become believers after they witness the joy and enthusiasm with which the animals are welcomed. The animals encourage smiles and laughter, provide help in forgetting pain, relieve boredom and offer unlimited, unconditional love and attention. Sadly, a TPPT member and their Pet Pal may be the only visitors some residents and patients ever receive.

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The TPPT Approach to Pet Therapy

The TPPT pet visitation program is designed to allow residents and patients to bond with their adoptive pet and volunteer. Once members choose their institution, it becomes their regular "home." Having the same volunteer and pet visit the same facility promotes the process of bonding and familiarization. Volunteers, pets, and residents soon come to know each other and, in many cases, develop lasting friendships. Residents soon feel as though they have a pet of their own again.

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As long as there are institutionalized citizens, TPPT members will always be needed. Many members believe that they have found the perfect volunteer that allows them to combine their love of animals with their desire to make a real difference in someone's life. TPPT volunteers come in a broad range of ages and from all walks of life. However, they have one common and uniting goal...sharing the love of their precious pets.

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Who TPPT Serves

Since that first visit in 1984, TPPT members have shared their pets' love with an ever-growing number of healthcare facilities.
Studies indicate that nursing homes are one of the areas in greatest need of volunteers.

TPPT places approximately 85% of all Pet Pal volunteers in nursing and convalescent homes, believing this is one of the most forgotten segments in today's society.


Medical and Rehabilitation Hospitals


Psychiatric and Handicapped Facilities.


MHMR and Acute Care Centers and Special Needs Facilities

Many healthcare facilities are requesting Pet Pal volunteers after learning about the success of TPPT's pet visitation programs.

How to Volunteer

Volunteers are always needed to serve facilities requesting a Pet Pal program. Do you have a loving pet, and are you willing to make the volunteer commitment? If so, TPPT needs you!

If you would like to become a member or sponsor of Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, Inc., read our Requirements for your pet and yourself and the How to Volunteer page.

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This page last updated: Sun Mar 14 13:24:32 2010