FAQs

about Pets Together

Are virtual pet visits free?

Yes! Pets Together is a non-profit organization. Your virtual pet visits are provided free of charge.

If you would like to donate, you can do so here. We are entirely donation-funded – any amount goes to help us provide this service for those in need.

How does Zoom work?

Zoom is a video chat software that lets you talk to anyone anywhere. If you are unfamiliar with how it works, Zoom has a great explanation and video on their website.

Are your pets therapy animals?

Yes and no! We believe in the power of people helping people and, of course, we believe in the power of pets to bring joy to others. Because our visits are virtual, there are no liability issues and no need for certifications. That said, we have a lot of wonderful therapy teams volunteering with us. We welcome everyone to participate!

What kind of animals will be on the calls?

It depends! You might see dogs, goats, cats, chickens, birds and who knows what else…that’s part of the fun of the program. If your residents are interested in a particular type of animal, please feel free to ask.

Can individuals book a virtual pet visit?

As long as there is someone able to handle the Zoom technology, yes. 

Can I volunteer with my pet?

Yes! You can fill out a volunteer application and someone from our team will be in touch.

Resources

extra help for those dealing with social isolation and loneliness

Mental Health Services

24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 
Hotline: (800) 273-8255
Spanish: (888) 628-9454
TTY: (800) 799-4889

24/7 SAMHSA National Helpline: 
Hotline: (800) 662-4357
TTY: (800) 487-4889

24/7 Disaster Distress Hotline: 
(Includes Public Health Disasters)
Hotline: (800) 985-5990
Spanish: (800) 985-5990 and press “2”
TTY: (800) 846-8517

24/7 Military Crisis Line: 
Hotline: (800) 273-8255
TTY: (800) 799-4889

24/7 Trevor Lifeline (for LGBTQ or Questioning Youth): 
Hotline: (866) 488-7386

Help with Essential Needs

(finding food, paying bills, and other essential services)

United Way/211:
Dial 211 to find local assistance

Domestic Violence

24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline: 
Hotline: (800) 799-7233
TTY: (800) 787-3224

RAINN
(800) 656-HOPE

Friendly Phone Calls/Check-ins

AARP Community Connections: 
Request a Call: (888) 281-0145

Free and Low-Cost Internet Access