Interesting Links

-March 2018 – Boston Globe articles “In ICUs, a furry friend to comfort patients”

-August 2017 – Interview with Boston Voyager

-July 2017 – Interview with Fifty Plus Advocate

-June 2017 – Pets and People awarded the 2017 William Ryan Community Service Award

-January 2017 – Pets and People at Groton-Dunstable High School

-October 2016 – Video of our screening (test) process

– March 2015 – Joel Wolff, President of Pets and People, interviewed by Jan Lewis of “Be My Guest”

– Fall 2014 – Documentary on Pet Therapy, including various Pets and People Volunteeers (15 minute long video)

– TEDx talk about Therapy Dogs Therapy Dogs



People Therapy Through Pets

If you are interested in becoming a Pet Therapy Visitor with Pets and People click here.

If you are interested in having a therapy team visit your facility on an ongoing regular schedule Click Here.

If you have a special event (not a regular scheduled visitation) Click Here.

The Pets & People Foundation, Inc. offers pet-assisted therapy to residents of nursing homes, assisted living homes, special needs facilities, half-way houses, some children’s facilities, and some senior daycare centers and hospitals.

Difference between a service dog, therapy dog and an emotional support dog. We are a therapy dog organization.

Founded in 1985, our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization–run entirely by volunteers–works with site directors to organize 45-60 minute visits from our volunteers and their pets. Covering Eastern Massachusetts from Worcester east to the Atlantic ocean, and from Falmouth north to the border with New Hampshire. In general, we make visits to facilities as individuals with a single pet, and do not visit a facility with a group of animals.

The Pets & People Foundation has never charged for visits nor asked volunteers for membership fees. We do charge for our screenings (test) to become a member. Volunteers provide “people therapy through pets,” our budget comes entirely from donations, and our inspiration comes from the people whose faces light up when a dog, cat or other animal comes walks into a room to give unconditional love and attention to someone in need.