Name of Dog/Owner ______________________________________________


  • Calmly walking on Leash                                        P        F
  • Acceptance of neutral & friendly strangers.      P        F
  • Tolerant of friendly contact
  • Calm around other dogs                                         P        F
  • Reactions to distractions                                        P        F
  • Approaching persons in chairs/wheelchairs      P        F
  • Acceptance of wheelchairs, walkers, canes       P        F
  • Appearance & grooming                                        P        F

Automatic Failures include:
      Any negative reaction of the dog, e.g., startled without recovery 
      Aggressively barking, jumping up, growling, lunging or extreme shyness.

 Comments from evaluator:


Evaluator(s): ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________ Date: _____________________

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     Hot Springs Pet Therapy is growing by leaps and bounds.  It has now grown to include Hot Springs and surrounding communities.  It is a vital volunteer group.  If you would like to become part of this program that brings joy to those who have little, please contact us by email at:   Also, if you know of some facility or organization that might benefit from our visits, please go to our website.  We're always looking for new places for our pets to spread the love.

     The Hot Springs Pet Therapy program was started in 1997 by Ted Ericson.  It was originally called "Hot Springs Pets for the Elderly Program".  Its mission was, and still is, to bring together people and pets as a form of therapy.  The program had 14 volunteers at the time an article was printed in The Sentinel Record.  In the Fall of 2002, the Phi Theta Kappa honors group from Garland County Community College climbed onboard. 

     With the addition of volunteers from the college, other groups such as the Beta Club of Hot Springs High School joined in. 

     In January 2006, the group went through a major re-organization.  We officially became a non-profit organization with the State of Arkansas December 2006, and our name, officially is now "Hot Springs Pet Therapy, Inc."  As of 2015, we have around 50 volunteers, most of whom visit at least once a month, and we have become a vital volunteer force in Hot Springs and surrounding areas. 

     Our main focus is on nursing homes, but we also have put on programs at libraries, children's daycare facilities, park district functions, etc...

     All dogs must be temperament-tested by Hot Springs Animal Services, our group enjoys the partnership with Hot Springs Animal Services folks, and take every opportunity to join them in setting up and operation booths at special events, a special thank you to Dan Bugg and all his folks!!!

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Hot Springs Pet Therapy

I’m a purebred, registered  or not, I love my family and others as well...

My fragrant post-bath aroma makes humans rethink their definitions of wet-dog smell.

When you ask me to visit the old or the young, I gladly do so...

Hot Springs Pet Therapy

Please donate to this dogtastic organization that visits nursing homes & children homes.

To err is human; to forgive, canine.

- Chomps McGee


Love is a four-legged word.

- Paws Woofland


Life is ruff. Get a lab.

- Yours truly, Sandy Barkley