Originally created in 1987, the Visiting Pet Program became an independent 501 C(3) non-profit organization in May 2000. We are the only animal assisted activity/therapy program in the Greater New Orleans Area.

"Bringing Love and Leaving Smiles"

Celebrating 36 years of service in 2023

Our program has grown steadily since its inception, currently including over 100 volunteer handlers who visit more than 20 area nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and special facilities for children. The animal therapist include a variety of mix-breed and pedigreed dogs and cats, as well as guinea pigs and rabbits. All animals have been temperment tested during our Pet/Handler evaluation held twice a year and are given an annual health check by a veterinarian.

Our motto: "Bringing Love and Leaving Smiles"

Our mission: Through the animals unconditional love,
the Visiting Pet Program strives to enhance the quality of life of all we meet.

The Visiting Pet Program
is honored to be the recipient of the
Dorothy Dorsett Brown Humanitarian Award
presented by the LA/SPCA.

Welcome to our site!
We hope you enjoy your tour. If you are just browsing, interested in entering a pet into our program, or having our animal therapists come to your facility,feel free to contact us with questions or comments