Starting a Chapter
A Love on a Leash® Chapter needs:
- A Chapter Leader who has been a member of Love on a Leash® for a minimum of one year in good standing.
- Have two or more certified Love on a Leash® members. The Chapter Leader may be included as one of the two.
- Have a minimum of one established visit.
There is no fee to become a Chapter. Individual members pay yearly membership dues to the National Organization. All funds received must be forwarded to National Love on a Leash® for depositing. Acceptable expenses will be reimbursed by our National Treasurer. No one associated with Love on a Leash® is to charge for visits or ask for donations from those who are visited. Laws vary, but Chapters may need to formally register as a charity in the state where they reside.
Participation in a chapter is not required but it does offer an opportunity for members to socialize, brush up on their obedience work, and learn more advanced skills.
Chapters may impose additional requirements on their own chapter members, but may not contradict or negate National guidelines. Chapters may not charge additional dues to their members.
Just remember to continue making participation as easy as possible for qualified individuals. Because Love on a Leash® members are not required to join a chapter, respect other properly certified Love on a Leash® members that you meet within the community who choose not to join your chapter.
A Chapter, though unique in personality, should reflect the purpose and function of Love on a Leash®: to support and guide certified Therapy Teams and uphold high standards and values.
Benefits of Joining a Chapter:
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.