We all feel the happiness our pets bring us, and we are happy you would like to share that feeling with others. You are here because you believe in our vision and want to share the healing power of animals and the human-animal bond with those in our community. Thank you for your interest in Animal Assisted Therapy!
We are excited to meet you and your pet. This first checklist covers our prerequisites:
If you meet the above requirements, you are welcome to submit an application. Once received, we are here to help you get started and support you along the way.
For questions, please contact the Animal Assisted Therapy department at 415.554.3060 or email AAT@sfspca.org.
To begin evaluation for the programs, you must complete all of the following:
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If you have taken training courses, but are unsure whether they meet this qualification, please contact us at 415.554.3060 or AAT@sfspca.org.
Once you meet the above requirements, you are welcome to submit an application. When received, you will be invited to attend an Orientation.
There are several additional steps to AAI certification, which you will learn about at your AAI Orientation. In brief, they include
NOTE: Many of our sites and populations have requirements beyond the basic ones outlined here. If you are interested in serving in a particular program or a specific population, please let us know and we can work with you to achieve those goals.
Contact the Animal Assisted Therapy department at 415.554.3060 or email AAT@sfspca.org.
To expedite the adoption process, please complete the cat or dog adoption form and bring a printed copy with you to the SF SPCA Adoption Center (Hours & Location). This helps us better understand what sort of pet you’re looking for so we can guide you every step of the way! Please bring a valid photo ID and verification that you are allowed to have a pet where you currently live.
First, we’ll meet with you to find out more about you and your pet preferences and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle and living situation so we want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of the time and resources necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for your new pet. This can take time so please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Once we have a good understanding of your living situation and the type of pet you’re interested in, we’ll make introductions and let you spend some quality time getting to know each other to see if there’s a love connection. It’s important that all household members take part in this important decision so please make sure everyone is present (including any resident dogs if you’re considering adding a new pooch to your pack).
Once love happens, we’ll complete the paperwork, review all the SF SPCA adoption benefits, provide information on any known medical or behavioral issues, and share tips to make the transition a success for both you and your new pet.
We consider you and your new furry friend a part of the SF SPCA family so please reach out with questions ― and be sure to share your adoption stories and pet photos at sfspca.org/stories
Don’t forget to schedule your first free health exam at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital within three days of adopting.