Frequently Asked Questions

Do you visit individual homes?
We do not ever visit in individual homes or apartments.
Do you visit facilities that already receive pet visits?
We do not visit facilities that already receive pet visits.
How long does it usually take to get approved?
We have approximately 12 people in a training class at once. When someone goes to test, we invite the next person in line to join the class. This process can take a few weeks.
Once we are approved and certified, what is the ongoing fee/process each year?
Every year, members are required to complete a renewal form, submit an updated copy of their pets’ current rabies vaccination certificate(s), and pay the annual membership fee ($22).
Do you participate in any kind of service hours?
We do not participate in any kind of service hours.
Do you allow your members to visit with their pet where they are employed, even if the group goes there?
We do not allow our members to visit with their pet where they are employed, even if our group goes there.
Do you participate in fairs, fundraising events, or outdoor activities?
We do not participate in fairs, fundraising events, or outdoor activities.
Do you accept members who do not have transportation or email?
We do not accept members who do not have transportation or email.
Do you accept donated pets or find homes for pets?
We do not accept donated pets or find homes for pets. Visit Petfinder or a local dog rescue to re-home your pet.
Do you accept current service or emotional support animals?
We do not accept current service or emotional support animals.
Do you train service animals or emotional support animals or pets for use by any individual?
We do not train service animals or emotional support animals or pets for use by any individual. Therapy pets get no special privileges.
What is the difference between a Pet Therapy Animal and a Service Animal?
Our certified Therapy Pets are NOT Service Animals. Under the ADA, “comfort,” “therapy,” or “emotional support animals” do not meet the definition of a service animal. Service Animals are animals that are specially trained to help a person with disabilities and are to be focused solely on that one person. Therapy pets are animals that volunteer with their owners to improve the lives of others. Therapy pets are NOT service animals and they do not have the same public access as service animals. Handlers of therapy pets must not ever present their animal as a service animal, nor try to gain public access to planes, restaurants, public buildings, etc. Also know that therapy pets are only considered therapy pets as long as they are active members of their certifying organization. Once they quit, retire, or are no longer active, they are no longer considered a therapy pet at all. Active status for Faithful Paws members and pets can be checked at any time with our manager through this web site. Possession of the ID badge alone does not verify current active status of any person or pet. The therapy pet and handler must maintain current active status with their therapy animal registration/certification organization as long as they are volunteering and to be considered a therapy animal.

Confused? Print this 2-page description of the 3 types of pet certifications that is posted on the DADS (Department of Aging and Disability Services) state website.

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