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Meet Love on a Leash

Today we’d like to introduce you to Love on a Leash.

Love on a Leash was started in the 1980s, in San Diego County, by early enthusiasts of pet-provided therapy. As the realization of the positive power of pet-provided therapy started to grow, the organization was founded to provide a framework and certification for people to provide pet therapy to others. Love on a Leash was incorporated in 1995 and is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization.

Over the years, Love on a Leash® has expanded beyond southern California with members in nearly every state, and 72 chapters across the country. Currently there more than 2300 active members working as Love on a Leash® therapy teams with their dog, cat or rabbit. Love on a Leash is comprised 100% of volunteers, including being run and managed by a volunteer board of directors.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Growing from a local, grassroots organization into a national entity, with pet therapy teams located all across the country, has posted some challenges, as it likely would any organization. Running the organization with only a volunteer board of directors and no full-time staff members also has inherent challenges. However, the fact the organization has always been run by individuals who are extremely passionate about providing pet therapy has helped Love on a Leash stay focused on its mission and continue to overcome any challenges it has faced.

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Love on a Leash® certifies pet therapy teams–a team is comprised of one pet and one human–to provide effective pet-provided therapy services in their community. In addition to certifying pet therapy teams, we are committed to bringing comfort, happiness, and healing to more people nationwide by increasing public awareness of pet-provided therapy. Our certified pet therapy teams visit a variety of facilities in their community, including nursing homes, hospitals, senior centers, libraries, schools, and jails where they provide emotional support and comfort. Our teams visit these venues individually, and with other Love on a Leash pet therapy teams through our network of local chapters.

We are proud to be able to impact so many people of all ages, across the country, with our more than 2,300 certified pet therapy teams. We are proud that our services are always free to those we visit, and that our volunteer teams are so committed to serving their communities. We are also proud of the fact that while our certification process is stringent enough to ensure that we are putting quality teams into the community, it is accessible and we welcome anyone with a well-behaved and healthy dog, cat, or rabbit that is at least one year of age.

One of the things that sets Love on a Leash apart from other pet therapy organizations is our local chapter structure. Encouraging our certified teams to form chapters in their local area enables our teams to work together, serve more people and facilities, support each other in their volunteer work, as well as allowing us to better support our members. Maintaining a quality experience for both our volunteers and for the people they visit with their pets is a key goal, and is much more important to us than being the biggest.


  • One year Love on a Leash Membership (once certification process has been completed) is $50

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