Meet KPETS

 

KPETS is a network of dependable registered therapy teams committed to providing therapeutic benefits through the use of pets to people with physical, emotional, and mental challenges, from all walks of life in a wide variety of settings.  The healing  benefits of the human/animal bond are provided by registered KPETS volunteer teams to the community in health-related facilities, social agencies, special-needs programs, schools, libraries, retirement communities, hospices, or wherever the human/animal connection is beneficial.  Our services are provided without a fee to organizations and individuals in need.  KPETS coordinates the work of highly motivated and committed volunteers in providing thousands of pet therapy hours a year in the community.

Meet KPETS’ Board

Click here to see more KPETS in the News Stories 

Please visit Stories of KPETS Success to hear more about the work of our volunteers and beloved pets.

Visit our Celebration of Therapy Dogs’ Lives  featuring the memories of our dedicated Therapy Dogs now residing in Heaven awaiting our happy reunion.

Be sure to check out our Photo Gallery 

See how KPETS as grown over the years. More links to KPETS in the news and History

And, if you would like to catch up on KPETS’ activities, visit our  KPETS Keynotes Archive.

Since its beginning in 2001 as a small OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgroup of volunteers working out of their Church in Lancaster County, KPETS has grown into an organization with more than 300 volunteer teams, providing approximately 8000 hours of pet therapy services to over 200 facilities every year, throughout Central Pennsylvania as well as in select communities in Maryland, Delaware, and Arizona.  As we expanded, it became apparent that national pet therapy organizations could not keep up with the registration process of our growing volunteer base, or offer teams the personal attention they needed to get started.  At this point, KPETS developed its own registration process.  By providing therapy teams with the critical support, training, and encouragement needed for their community outreach efforts, KPETS offers the teams both a very meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity and also the required liability insurance.  Please fill out our Contact Form for more information about KPETS.

 

We are proud to say that there is a KPETS volunteer sharing their pet with someone, somewhere each and every day of the calendar year!  We are committed to continuing to provide KPETS therapy visits to anyone who may benefit, at no cost to the organizations and  individuals in need.  However, this unique and critical service to our local communities does not come without a cost to KPETS.  With an annual budget of under $100,000, KPETS is a real bargain for our communities, but funding is a constant challenge.   With a staff of 1.5 employees, our key focus is on promoting, coordinating, and providing our therapy services, with little time remaining to pursue funding.  This is why your on-going and annual sponsorship is essential to KPETS.  Through your support, thousands of friends in our communities will continue to be enriched by the human/animal bond provided by KPETS teams who are Touching Lives -Warming Hearts every day. Won’t you please consider becoming a Gold, Silver or Bronze Paw Print Sponsor?  Other opportunities are available, such as becoming a Resource Sponsor for our monthly Printer, Internet Services, or Rental costs.  Paw Print and Resource Sponsors’ names will be featured on KPETS home page during the month of their sponsorship and in that month’s edition of the KPETS Keynotes Newsletter.