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Pet Therapy

Meet our pet therapy dogs
  • Chanel
  • Linde
  • Lomi
  • Savanna
  • Sierra

Animal and Pet Therapy improve human health and well-being through animal connection.

Are you interested in volunteering as an animal therapy team with your dog?

Indicators you and your companion might be suitable for animal therapy work:

  • Welcomes, not just tolerates, interactions with new people.
  • Is confident and well-behaved in new situations, around unusual equipment and when meeting strangers of different ages, races and genders
  • Is comfortable in crowds, activity and noise
  • Is able to be greeted, petted clumsily and hugged without jumping, cowering, barking or biting.
  • Would tolerate being bathed, brushed and having its nails clipped in preparation for visits.
  • Consistently follows cues for sit, down and stay even when there are distractions
  • Moves nicely on a leash through groups of people and past other friendly animals
  • Is able to avoid sniffing or picking up interesting items when asked

Requirements to participate in the Pet Therapy Program

  • Animals must be clean, healthy and well-groomed, bathed and/or brushed prior to a visit
  • Must wear acceptable collar or harness
  • Must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length and remain with their handler and be under control at all times
  • Must wear their provided Billings Clinic ID badge to be allowed in patient rooms
  • Registered as an animal therapy team with active general liability insurance
  • Documentation of registration and veterinary vaccinations
  • Complete two shadowed visits by an existing animal therapy team at Billings Clinic
  • Be able to explain the program and answer any questions from patients or visitors

If you believe your animal fits the above criteria, the next step is to register as an animal therapy team and pass an animal therapy evaluation by a licensed Evaluator. This ensures your dog meets the program requirements and provides you a variety of benefits including liability insurance, volunteer support, access to resources, and free continuing education coursework. Costs associated with registering as an animal therapy team vary and our office will work with you to guide you through the process.

Call us at 406-657-4200 to learn more information or begin the process of becoming a registered animal therapy team at Billings Clinic.

Gladys Phelps Pet Therapy Endowment

Gladys Phelps Pet Therapy Endowment

Gladys' sons, Scott, Sean and Corey, knew of her passion for animals, especially dogs.

They wanted her life to be remembered with the help of animals. The Phelps brothers and Billings Clinic established the endowment following her passing in April of 2016.

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Welcome to Billings Clinic

Welcome to Billings Clinic

Gladys Phelps Pet Therapy Endowment

Many people find love, comfort and relaxation with the help of a furry friend. Accompanied by a trained owner-volunteer, a pet therapy dog visits most of the medical floors delivering unconditional love to the bedside of our patients. These dogs are no ordinary pets—the docile and affectionate animals have participated in special training before qualifying as a pet volunteer. 

Donate to the Gladys Phelps Pet Therapy Endowment

Volunteers Services

2800 10th Ave. North
Billings, MT 59101

406-657-4200

Jennifer Selvey (jselvey@billingsclinic.org)