The Wellness Pet Co. Foundation Adds 3 Partners and Announces a New Focus | news

Officials at Wellness Pet Co., a Tewksbury, Massachusetts-based manufacturer of premium natural foods and treats for dogs and cats, have unveiled three new partners and a new vision for the Wellness Foundation, which is to “improve the human experience and… to promote the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and pets.”

To celebrate the positive impact pets are having on our daily lives, the foundation will introduce new support, funding and programs with Pet Partners, the Pets & People Foundation and Boynton Health’s PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) organizations.

Through the partnership with animal partner, which demonstrates and promotes the health and beneficial benefits of animal-assisted therapy, activities and education, The Wellness Foundation will sponsor the world’s largest pet walk on September 24, as well as other employee engagement opportunities. In return, Wellness Pet employees also have the opportunity to take part in training to become registered therapy animal handlers. Based in Bellevue, Wash., Pet Partners makes millions of visits annually to patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities, seniors with Alzheimer’s, students, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and people who have experienced crisis events.

“At Wellness Pet Co., we understand the positive impact that comes from bonding between pets and pet owners—it’s something we recognize and celebrate every day. The Wellness Foundation remains committed to helping pets and pet owners live wellness lives together as we work to improve opportunities for more people to experience the benefits,” said Reed Howlett, CEO of Wellness Pet Co. “We look forward to working with our newest partners who believe in these shared values ​​as we continue to nurture and promote the shared well-being of more pets and pet owners across the country.”

The Wellness Foundation has also announced regional core partnerships Pets & People Foundation, based in Westford, Mass., and PAWS by Boynton Health, based at the University of Minnesota. The Pets & People Foundation provides animal-assisted therapy to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, special needs facilities, transition homes, children’s facilities, colleges and universities, and senior day care centers and hospitals. The Wellness Foundation will help Pets & People recruit, train and qualify new therapy animal teams to meet growing demand, as well as support training and certification programs.

PAWS by Boynton Health Sessions include registered therapy animal teams as part of the University of Minnesota’s initiative to support student mental health. Together, the Wellness Foundation and PAWS will significantly contribute to the well-being of one of the most vulnerable age cohorts, officials said. The Wellness Foundation’s Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) Scholarship for University of Minnesota Students will support 10 students and their animals to become registered therapy animal teams, including access to the Pet Partners online handler course, an in-person assessment with their animals and veterinary examinations and a registration application for Pet Partners.

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