A Certified Therapy Team consists of one person and one therapy pet. LOAL certifies dogs, cats, or rabbits as therapy pets.
- You cannot be the handler for more than one pet on a visit. Anyone who will be handling the pet on visits must be certified with that pet. A handler and pet must remain together during the entire visit. Responsibility for a pet may not be transferred, i.e. having another LOAL member or client control your pet.
An Additional Handler for a therapy pet must complete the entire membership certification process with the pet.
- Each handler must complete their own Control Evaluation, perform at least ten hours of supervised visits, and pass the Visit Evaluation. Visit hours cannot be shared or credited to more than one handler.
A Continuing Member is a member (owner/handler) in good standing whose pet is unable to participate in visits due to illness, infirmity, or is no longer living.
A Junior Handler is a member of a certified therapy team who is between the ages of 16 and 18.
- A Junior Handler's membership application and release form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian, who is already a certified member in good standing with Love on a Leash, acknowledging responsibility and agreeing to accompany the Junior Handler on all LOAL activities and visits.
Love on a Leash does not certify pets to be assistance or service animals. A therapy dog does not have the same legal rights as an assistance or service animal.
Any LOAL member who allows their membership to lapse for one year or more will be required to complete the entire membership process — Control Evaluation, supervised visits, and Visit Evaluation — before renewing.