- A LOAL Chapter is simply two or more certified teams who would like to participate, individually or in groups, in making visits. Chapters often set up regular visits at various facilities. Members may then choose to visit with the group or visit on their own. A chapter can be organized very loosely, or be more structured. LOAL was started with the idea of making it possible for people with qualified pets to participate.
- A chapter provides support, motivation, and social interaction for you and your pet. More teams mean a greater variety of pets, talents, and interests. Visiting together can also help to relieve the sometimes stressful aspect of the work. Sharing your visit experiences helps to de-stress, and also educates others as to what works and what doesn’t. It is good to know someone else will be there when you are unable to complete a visit.
- Word spreads when the community begins to see therapy pets at work. One facility hears about the benefits and fun and wants a program for their facility. Pet owners hear about pet therapy or see a team at work. The local papers and TV stations like to share the "feel good story" on the news.
- If you would like to offer pet therapy visits to a facility, an Introductory Letter and a brochure explaining Love on a Leash® can be downloaded here.
- Depending on the community, as a chapter grows outward it may make sense to become two neighboring chapters. Each Chapter has a regular visit schedule and shares resources when there is a larger event like a Fair. Chapters keep in contact with each other and share each other’s news when appropriate. It would be against our purpose and philosophy to become cliquish or selective in chapter formation. Any qualified team should be welcomed and encouraged.