Welcome to Pets for Life!
Kansas City's Pet Therapy Organization
COVID 19 Update
In response to the COVID 19 restrictions and self distancing guidelines, all traditional, in person visits, are on hold until further notice.
Current Volunteers - Please contact the office BEFORE you resume visits
Facilities - Please contact the office when you are ready to resume visits. Don't want to wait? Contact us to schedule an outdoor Pet Parade for your residents.
Interested in volunteering? Contact the office to register for one of our virtual Orientations. The Orientation is the 1st step in your pet therapy journey.
The purpose of Pets for Life, Inc. is to enhance the care and treatment of people in local hospitals, nursing homes, shelters for domestic violence, mental health programs, treatment centers for youth and corrections facilities through the use of certified therapy teams of pets and volunteers.
Pets for Life Service
Our volunteers take their carefully screened pets on scheduled visits to facilities throughout greater Kansas City, including hospitals, nursing homes, shelters for domestic violence, mental health programs, treatment centers for youth, corrections facilities; as well as hospice and Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Our main focus is on those whose situation is most restrictive and who are least likely to receive, but are most in need of the social, mental, and physical stimulation provided by our volunteer teams. Compassionate friendship is initiated by the animals and augmented by their human partners.
The Value of Animal Assisted Therapy
Many studies have proven the profound effect animals can have on the physical and mental well-being of elderly and handicapped individuals. Whether it be bringing voice to an elderly person who has sunk into silence or calming a frustrated child, pet assisted therapy is recognized as a valuable tool in caring for the physically and mentally challenged.
Who and Where We Help
Our volunteers visit local hospitals, nursing homes, shelters for domestic violence, mental health programs, treatment centers for youth and corrections facilities. These facilities are located all around the Kansas City Metro area including Belton, Harrisonville, Lees Summit, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Smithville, Gladstone, Louisburg, Lenexa, Overland Park, Leawood, Olathe, Independence, Merriam and Shawnee.
Our volunteers visit over 200 facilities a month. These facilities are as far north as Gladstone and as far south as Louisburg. We can find the perfect location for you!
Pets for Life
7240 Wornall Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64114