Delta Society is a national 501(c)(3)non-profit organization that helps people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives. We receive no government funding and rely on individuals, foundations and corporations for financial support.
At the heart of all Delta Society programs is a research foundation which demonstrates that when animals are around, people’s blood pressure goes down, stress and anxiety levels are reduced, people feel less lonely and less depressed, and they tend to be more social and community oriented.
Pet Partners® (therapy animal program)
Delta Society’s Pet Partners program trains and screens volunteers with their pets so they can visit patients/clients in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and physical therapy centers, schools, libraries and many other facilities. Over 10,000 handler/animal teams bring joy, comfort and compassion to those in need. These dedicated volunteers and their pets have been credited for helping people forget about their pain, providing distractions so nurses can perform medical procedures on pediatric patients, inspiring patients recovering from strokes to perform more physical therapy exercises than when they work with just their human therapists, and even bringing people out of comas!
Animal-Assisted Therapy Professionals Resources
Delta Society provides resources for healthcare, educational and other professionals so they can learn how to safely and effectively incorporate therapy animals into their practices. We often hear from professionals how once they’ve implemented the tools provided, they are able to improve their patients/clients experience and are better able to help their patients/clients.
Our National Service Animal Resource Center provides information and resources for people with disabilities, as well as their friends and family, who are considering getting a service animal or who are currently partnered with a service animal. One of the most comprehensive sites available for people with disabilities who want to gain more independence though the help of service animal at their side. We also help fund the training of service dogs for a few individuals each year.
Resource Center: Research and Articles relating to the human-animal bond
Learn more about the wide variety of health benefits people of all ages through our library or articles, abstracts and other resources. Subject matter includes the healing power of pets for children, adults, seniors and families.
Pet Loss & Bereavement
The loss of an animal companion, whether due to death, being lost or stolen, or placement in a new home, may be one of the most devastating and painful experiences we ever face. For many, such a loss is as traumatic as losing a family member or a dear friend and can trigger an intense grieving process. That is why Delta Society has created this easy-to-use directory of resources to aid people through their grieving process.