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Who We Are


An Occupational Therapist began using animals in therapy while working at Baylor Rehabilitation Hospital in Dallas, Texas.  In 1994, she was recruited to start a similar program at a new rehabilitation hospital (now known as Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital) in Tyler, Texas.  She and a small group of volunteers founded what is now known as Therapet in 1998.  Their work using animals in a rehabilitation setting to facilitate better mobility and functionality for the patients set the groundwork for the work Therapet accomplishes today.

Therapet has now been serving east Texas for over 20 years!  What started as a small group of six or seven founding volunteer teams has now grown to 100+ volunteers, 90+ dogs, 5 cats and a cockatoo.  Three of our founding volunteers, Bonnie Maywhort, Julie Miller and Susie Moore,  are still volunteering with Therapet.  They continue to guide the mission of our organization and support Therapet through their leadership and volunteerism.

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What We Do

Therapet’s mission is to utilize specially trained and certified animals to promote health, hope and healing.

Therapet provides both Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA). One type of AAA is a visitation program. A visitation program occurs when animals accompany their owners to a facility and visit with the patients or residents.  The main goal of this type program is socialization.  An Animal Assisted Therapy program occurs when animals are used by the therapist in goal directed treatment sessions, as a modality, to facilitate optimal patient outcomes.  Regardless of the type of program, all Therapets are temperament tested, given a complete veterinary screening, and receive obedience training and special skills training before beginning to work with patients.

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Address Information
PO Box 130118
Tyler, TX 75713
Office Hours: Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Contact: Rebekah Roberts
Contact Title: Operations Coordinator
Phone: 903-535-2125
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