We are greatly saddened by the loss of our long-time director and volunteer coordinator Sally Jean Alexander on December 24, 2012. Her leadership, compassion and friendship will be greatly missed.
We are accepting pictures and stories of Sally Jean for a web page in her memory. Please send any submissions to webmaster(at)petsandpeoplefoundation(dot)org.
Submissions will be added to our Sally Jean Alexander memorial page.
People Therapy Through Pets
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.
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 several facilities in 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. 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.