Summit Therapy Animals is an organization whose volunteers enrich the lives of others through the powerful human-animal bond.

As an organization, we strive to provide support, education, and resources to our community's therapy animal teams.  Our goal is to prepare each team to confidently and compassionately interact with children and adults to help improve their quality of life.

Summit Therapy Animals volunteers provide pet-facilitated therapy in hospitals, schools, public libraries, long-term care facilities, adult day care centers, hospice centers, and other care-giving facilities.

Summit Therapy Animals Board of Directors

Summit Therapy Animals Board of Directors

Summit Therapy Animals (STA) animal team members must acquire and maintain current certification/registration with national or international therapy animal organizations, such as Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Pet Partners, and Therapy Dogs International. This ensures all our therapy animal teammates meet a comprehensive standard for positive engagement and safety when participating in STA volunteer opportunities, programs, and events. Our board members are happy to assist any prospective teams in navigating the therapy animal certification process. Additionally, we welcome individuals without therapy animal teammates to support and participate in our organization.

See our page on How to Get Involved.

Where we Impact (to name a few):

1) Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) in Summit Schools.

2) Regular visits with patients & families at  St. Anthony Hospital.

3) Summer "Reading with a Dog" at all 3 Summit Libraries.

4) Humane Education courses in conjunction with the Summit Animal Shelter.

5) Numerous "special occasions" throughout the year throughout the county!

What is Involved?

1) Become a Registered Therapy Animal Team.

2) Become registered or trained in your activities of interest (reading, outreach, etc).

3) Volunteer at a local facility (schools, hospitals, etc). We have existing relationships with most facilities in Summit County.

4) Make a Difference with your Pet!

View our How to Become a Therapy Team handout for more details.

Summit Therapy Animals is a non-profit organization in the United States of America as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to Section 501(c)(3), et seq. of the Internal Revenue Code.

Watch the video we put together introducing animal assisted therapy; including a segment with therapy teams from Summit Therapy Animals at the Frisco Library.


Summit Therapy Animals is proud to acknowledge our Corporate & Institutional Sponsors. Their support and donations allow us to expand our activities throughout Summit County.

Promoting Education and Literacy

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation