STEP 2: Testing

Ready to take your test?


  1.  While we are not currently scheduling any tests please fill out this form and we will contact you when we resume testing teams.  If you are a current or past Pets & People member or wish to re-test with your pet please click here to contact our Director of Volunteers to get signed up.

  2. There is a $50 non-refundable testing fee to hold your slot.  You can pay with credit card or with PayPal.

  3. After you sign up for your test, check out Test Day Details below and Visit Opportunities for more details on becoming a Pets & People Team!


Test day is finally here! 

You’ve done your homework, viewed the Test video and read the Therapy Test to prepare yourself and your pet for success.


    In addition to all this hard work

  1. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled test slot.

  2. Bring your copy of pet’s updated rabies vaccination. (we will not test your pet without this documentation)

  3. If your dog has passed the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, please bring documentation.


If you pass the test

Member Registration

You will need to complete the following tasks:

  1. On the day of test, we will photograph you and your pet for a Pets & People ID badge and we will help you measure your dog to determine the correct size therapy vest. 

  2. Within a week, you will be sent an email with​

    • Link to DocuSign that you agree to abide by the Protocol for Pets & People Member Teams

    • Link to DocuSign for permission, if you agree, to post your picture on our website, social media and promotional materials 

    • You will be given access to the Pets & People Membership Area on this website, whereby handlers can sign-up for Event opportunities that are posted and consult other exclusive Member information.

    • Link to purchase therapy vest.  Vests are approximately $30.  Cats are not required to wear a vest but we do encourage them to have a red bandana.

  3. Our Director of Volunteers will then support and guide you on how to schedule your first official Pet Therapy Visit. Once you have your first visit scheduled you will be mailed your "Welcome Packet", which includes your official Pets & People Certificate, Patch and ID badge.  

* If you do not pass the test, our Evaluator will go over the areas you and your pet specifically need to work on. If you retest within a year, your second test will be half of the current test fee.  After 1 year, you will be required to pay another full test fee.

Congratulations, you and your pet are a Pets & People Team!

Yearly Recertification

Pets & People certificates are renewed every November 1. Each Fall, Pets & People requires all member teams to recertify in order to remain active. Member requirements for Recertification include:

1.    Updating member and pet information.

2.    Documenting the team visits throughout the year.
       (Therapy teams are required to make at least 10 visits per year)

3.    Payment of Recertification Fee. This fee is currently $50.

4.    Upon recertification, you will receive a new Pets & People certificate good             through Oct. 31 of the next year.

Now it's time to find the perfect place for you to volunteer!

Click Visit Opportunities

Contact us


Pets & People Foundation
9 Cornerstone Square B-400/197

Westford, MA 01886

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