Our Mission is to promote the use of highly trained domesticated pets to improve the health, independence and quality of life of citizens living in the greater Miami Valley.
The mvPTa began on 9 April 2000 when Major Janice White, founder of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Pet Therapy Program, called a group of pet therapy volunteers together to let them know it was time to form a community-based pet therapy organization, independent of the WPAFB Pet Therapy Program. At that time, the WPAFB Pet Therapy Program had grown so large that it was providing services to over 10 facilities in surrounding communities. Helping to establish a community-based Pet Therapy organization was part of the WPAFB Pet Therapy Program’s mission.
Since that time, mvPTa has grown to well over 145 members strong with new training classes starting every 6 months.
Classes are offered twice per year. Therapy pet training involves 9 weeks of classes meeting once per week. Classes are offered at various locations around the Miami Valley for your convenience.
See FAQs for additional information.
Interested in taking the course? Click here for Registration information.
You can support the work of mvPTa even if you don’t have a pet to volunteer with by becoming a supporting member with a tax deductible donation. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Click here to make an online donation.
Or please send your tax deductible donation to:
Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association
P.O. Box 675
Troy, OH 45373
Watch our website for more information about our annual October fundraising event, the Happy Howl-o-ween Dog Walk!
Who We Serve
We serve over 95 facilities in a six county area. We visit extensively in the greater Dayton area. It continues to be our pleasure to serve residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, libraries, adolescents with behavioral challenges, and individuals with disabilities at day habilitation and residential programs.
Here is a sampling of facilities we service:
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Clinton Memorial Hospital
The Dayton Veteran’s Admin. Medical Center
Good Samaritan Hospital
Grandview Medical Center
Hospice of Dayton
Kettering Medical Center
Life Care Hospitals of Dayton
Miami Valley Hospital
Samaritan North Health Center
SOIN Medical Center
Southview Medical Center
Springfield Regional Medical Center
Upper Valley Medical Center
Wright Patterson Medical Center
Clark County Libraries
Clinton County Services for the Homeless
Dayton Metro Library Programs in Montgomery County
Domestic Violence Shelter
Greene County Public Libraries
MVH Senior Care Adult Day Services
Miami Valley Juvenile Detention Center
Riverside of Miami County – Development Services
Stillwater Center – Developmental Services
|Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes
Belle Manor Nursing Home
Brookhaven Life Care Community
Carriage Inn of Dayton
Covenant House of Dayton
Englewood Manor Nursing Home
Fair Haven Shelby County Home
Harborside Health Care – Troy
Heartland of Kettering
Koester Pavilion at UVMC
Patriot Ridge Community
The Summit at Park Hills
VA Nursing Home
Wright Nursing & Rehabilitation Center