‘Pet Partners’ improves human health through bonding

Skittles, a Paws 4 Healing team member, enjoys the attention she gets at a recent school visit in Menifee. Valley News/Betti Cadmus photo
Pet Partners is a national organization dedicated to improving human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. Founded in 1977 as the Delta Society, its Therapy Animal Program screens and registers volunteer therapy animal teams to make visits to settings where people can benefit from the presence of an animal.Paws 4 Healing is a local chapter of Pet Partners whose therapy animal teams visit a variety of locations to help humans of all ages. From juvenile detention facilities to veterans’ organizations, nursing homes and schools, visits can help a variety of clients in many ways.Temecula’s Mark Drake and his dog, Mimi, started participating with Paws 4 Healing seven and a half years ago. His wife, Nancy, was already registered with their other dog, Columbo.“I l
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