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PetSmart Charities Announced As Supporting Sponsor of Pet Partners Conference




(Press Release) BELLEVUE, WA — Pet Partners, the nation’s leading organization registering therapy animals for animal assisted interventions, is excited to announce PetSmart Charities as a supporting sponsor of the upcoming 2017 Pet Partners conference, Professionalizing the Passion, taking place Sept. 8-9 in Bellevue, WA.

“We are proud to support Pet Partners, now celebrating their 40th anniversary, at their first conference in over 10 years,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. “At PetSmart Charities, we are dedicated to supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. With Pet Partners’ work to increase awareness on all the ways companion animals enrich our lives, this makes for a great fit.”

The Pet Partners conference will bring two full days of presentations on current research supporting the scientific benefits of the human animal bond and best practices. The conference will be an opportunity for all who are engaged in the practice of therapy animals- from volunteers to practitioners- to expand their knowledge and network. The Pet Partners Conference will be a celebration of 40 years of registering therapy animals and helping thousands benefit from the companionship of therapy animals.

“We are so excited to have the support of PetSmart Charities at the Pet Partners Conference,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners.“With their support, we will work to bring insight and inform the industry on the scientific-based evidence that animal partnership improves human health and well-being. There are even thousands of animals in shelters across the country, just waiting to serve in the role of dedicated therapy animal alongside a loyal handler.”

Registration is now open for Pet Partners 2017 Conference, for more information please visit


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