Denver Pet Partners Joins American Humane Association

The animal-assisted therapy organization becomes a program of AHA.

Posted: October 8, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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As the American Humane Association celebrates 130 years of promoting the quality of the human-animal bond, it joins forces with Denver Pet Partners, an affiliate of the Delta Society, to create a program of animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy within the organization. Denver Pet Partners will now be a program under the AHA umbrella.

“American Humane has long promoted the therapeutic value of human-animal interaction,” said Marie Belew Wheatley, AHA president and CEO. “By integrating the Denver Pet Partners organization, American Humane expands and enhances its national leadership in promoting the positive impact of the human-animal bond.”

Denver Pet Partners was founded by Diana McQuarrie in 2001 and now includes 140 handler/animal teams serving 35 client facilities in the Denver area. The teams will continue to visit hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices, schools and mental health centers, providing animal-assisted activities to facilitate motivational, educational and recreational animal interactions.

“Denver Pet Partners is a perfect fit with American Humane and will help us realize our mutual dreams of animal-assisted therapy becoming recognized as a mainstream treatment option,” McQuarrie said. “Together we can increase the knowledge base about the value of the human-animal bond and the effectiveness of animal-assisted activities and therapy in enhancing the healing and learning process.”

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