Welcome to Northwest Montana Pet Partners

My name is Patt Bass, and I started the dog visitation program through Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) and North Valley Hospital in 2004 here in the Flathead Valley. I am now licensed to evaluate and certify dogs (and cats) and their handlers.

If you are interested in becoming certified, please read Become a Handler and follow these steps:

Step 1: Have the Health of Your Therapy Animal Screened by a Veterinarian.

Step 2: Train the 'Human-End' of the Leash by completing the Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Handler Course online.

Step 3: Have Your Human-Animal team's skills and aptitude evaluated.

Step 4: Submit Your Registration Application

I will be performing evaluations during the year for both new Pet Partners and re-certifications for existing Pet Partners. I will hold information meetings and the evaluations. Please see the calendar for a schedule of times and locations. REMEMBER: YOU NEED AN APPOINTMENT TIME FOR YOUR EVALUATION WHICH WILL LAST 45 MINUTES. Contact Us to set up an appointment date and time.

I can also come to your location to do evaluations for groups outside the Flathead Valley. There will be an additional charge for travel and lodging, and I will need 3 volunteers from your group to help with the evaluations. Please contact us for specific information for your group.

If your facility wants to have animal visits, please contact us by emailing your name, phone number and location. All Pet Partner animals and their handlers are covered by a $1,000,000.00 liability policy because they have been certified as safe, friendly, enthusiastic and caring. We are a volunteer organization and we just love people and the joy the animal contact brings to everyone.

The Pet Partner Online Handler Training course is $70.00
The evaluation fee is $35.00 for both new certifications and recertifications.
Once your pet has passed the evaluation, the fee payable to the Pet Partners organizaion to complete the certification is $95.00

Scholarship applications as well as a reduced senior (55+) rate for new Therapy Animal Teams are available on the Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) web site,

Being a Pet Partner is very rewarding and fun! Not all dogs (or cats) are excited about this type of interaction, but those pets who are well-suited to the work generally find it extremely enjoyable.