Therapy Pet Pals of Texas Inc – Austin
Pet Pals began in March of 1984 when TPPT founder, Kathryn Lashmit, was inspired after reading about an experimental animal assisted therapy program. She decided to try to make a real difference in the lives of people living in local healthcare facilities by taking her puppy on a visit. Although hesitant at first, a nursing home administrator agreed to a trial visit. The staff watched with delight as residents smiled and reached out for the little bundle of life that lovingly greeted everyone. At that moment, Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, Inc. was born.
TPPT is a private non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) corporation that was founded solely for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for all institutionalized people. TPPT’s pet therapy program gives happiness and companionship to those “most often forgotten” in today’s society: the elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, and the terminally ill