Being a North Star Therapy Animals team is a life-changing experience. Our trained teams bring joy, comfort and companionship to people who need it most. Any of our 100+ members can tell you stories of visits that have also profoundly changed their own lives or the lives of their animals.
North Star Therapy Animals is in need of more teams to meet the growing requests for registered therapy animal visits to facilities across Minnesota. If you and your animal are ready to bring happiness to the sad, company to the lonely and courage to the scared, you can join us in three steps:
Below is a list of local training schools that have offered Therapy Animal Programs/classes in the past. This list is not exhaustive nor does it represent an endorsement by NSTA.
- All Breed Obedience – Woodbury
- Animal Humane Society – Golden Valley
- Animal Inn – Lake Elmo
- Animal Inspirations – Hutchinson
- Bloomington Obedience Training Club – Bloomington
- Cloud Nine – Maple Grove
- Paws Abilities – St. Louis Park, Eagan, Rochester
- Paws Inn Resort – New Germany
- PetSmart – Eden Prairie
- Rio Grande Dog Training – Hastings
- TCOTC – Minneapolis
- Wag N Woofs – Eden Prairie
North Star Therapy Animals uses only registered Pet Partners® therapy animal teams. Pet Partners® is a nationally recognized organization that has established rigorous standards for both animals and their human handlers. By requiring North Star Therapy Animals teams to be registered with Pet Partners®, we ensure safe and effective therapy animal visits in our community. Read more about the Pet Partners® process.
Become a member of North Star Therapy Animals and select from a large number of established facilities requesting therapy animal teams. North Star Therapy Animals membership provides networking, shadowing, and educational opportunities to help get you started.