Companions Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization that was founded in Fairbanks in 1986. Our volunteers take their family pets-that have been evaluated for temperament by our trained screeners to visit at various sites in the Fairbanks community at least twice a month. The visits are enjoyed by all involved, and the interaction between pet and resident provides much-needed therapy.
Our pet volunteers are not limited to dogs and cats. We’ve had horses, birds, hamsters, rabbits, reptiles and other friendly animals in the program.
All of our animal volunteers must past a temperament screening, annual physical exam and a semi-annual fecal check. Our human volunteers must have an annual PPD (tuberculosis) test, pass a criminal background check and attend a volunteer/employee orientation at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Having a pet in the program is NOT a requirement to participate. We welcome members without pets to join and help promote community awareness of the importance of pet therapy.
Companions, Inc. has no paid staff. It relies on an energetic, committed group of over 50 volunteers to keep the program running smoothly.
Companions, Inc. is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, incorporated in the state of Alaska.
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