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.

And my name is Vicki Lee. I have been participating in pet therapy since 2004. I am a licensed evaluator and instructor. I will evaluate dogs, cats, horses, birds, and pocket pets.

If you are interested in becoming certified, please read How to Become a Registered Pet Therapy Team. and follow these steps:

Step 1: Train the 'Human-End' of the Leash either by taking an in-person class with our instructor, Vicki Lee, or by completing the Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Handler Course online.

Step 2: Have the Health of Your Therapy Animal Screened by a Veterinarian

Step 3: Have Your Human-Animal team's Skills & Aptitude Evaluated

Step 4: Submit Your Registration Application

We will be performing evaluations for both new Pet Partners and re-certifications for existing Pet Partners. Vicki will also be teaching Therapy Animal Handler classes. 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. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND THE THERAPY HANDLER CLASS, YOU MUST ENROLL. Contact Us to set up an appointment date and time for evaluations or to enroll in the class.

We 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 we 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 Handler Training course taught by Vicki is $65.00
The Pet Partner Online Handler Training course is $70.00
The evaluation fee is $30.00 for new certifications only - recertifications are free.
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.