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PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with the legal order issued for six Bay Area counties, ARF is suspending most regular programs and services until further notice.
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A national model for visiting animal team programs, the Pet Hug Pack® is ARF's renowned therapy animal program composed of more than 200 teams of qualified pets and their volunteer handlers. Each year since 2002, thousands of children, seniors, veterans, and others in need in Contra Costa County experience the wet noses and unconditional love of these special dogs and cats.

Aside from regular visits to more than 50 facilities, Pet Hug Pack® animals participate in All Ears Reading®, humane education programs, and outreach events as ARF ambassadors and symbols of uncondional love and compassion.

Pet Hug Pack® animals are evaluated to ensure they are well-mannered, healthy, and of suitable temperament.

Is your pet an excellent candidate for the Pet Hug Pack®? Join the pack

Invite the Pet Hug Pack® to visit your facility for 30-60 minutes of casual animal interaction. This service is provided free of charge. Please submit a Therapy Animal Request to begin.

Does your group want to start or improve a visiting animal team program in your area? ARF can provide guidance and resource materials. Contact the Pet Hug Pack® Coordinator for more information.



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