Our founder, Mrs. Minal Kavishwar, is now an International Pet Partner evaluator, which means teams from India can now be evaluated by Mrs. Minal Kavishwar to further be registered with Pet Partners, which is a global leader in training, evaluation and registration of therapy animal teams. Animal Angels has always strived to bring standardization and authenticity to this field in India and this is a huge step in that direction. Mrs Kavishwar is the first and only Pet Partner evaluators from the India-Asia region
Pet Partners, formerly the Delta Society, has partnered with fellow IAHAIO members to expand their Therapy Animal program internationally. Minal Kavishwar, being an IAHAIO member, through her NGO Animal Angels Foundation, was selected to be trained as an International Evaluator for Pet Partners. Minal received the training and certification as an International Evaluator at Davis, California, at the IAHAIO – ISAZ conference, held in June 2017. Minal, along with 4 other IAHAIO members, from Switzerland, Hong Kong, Romania and Colombia, were trained as International Evaluators. Minal, along with her first co-therapist, Therapy dog Kutty, has been a past registered Pet Partner and the only one from India to win the ‘Beyond Limits Award 2007’, given by Pet Partners, for their exceptional work in India.
What does this means for Pet Owners in India?
Pet owners from India, who wish to train themselves and their dogs for therapy work, can register with Pet Partners and at the end of their online training, will be evaluated as a team by Mrs. Kavishwar, who may pass them if they meet the Pet Partner’s criteria of selection. Animal Angels has been training and certifying therapy animal teams in India since the past 14 years. Joining hands with Pet Partners is going to create a great opportunity for pet owners who wish avail systematic training and to share the love and healing benefits of their pets. It will also give opportunity to institutes and medical centers, wanting to avail Animal Therapy visits, to opt for trained and certified teams, who follow international standards. This will help create a strong base for the expansion of the Human Animal Interactions field in India.
About Pet Partners: Pet Partners, founded in 1977 as the Delta Society, is a global organization and one of the oldest ones to train and register pet owners, along with their pets to work as Therapy Animal teams all over the world. Last year alone, more than 15,000 Pet Partners teams made over three million visits to people in need in the United States.
Website : Petpartners.org/International