History

Montgomery Pet Partners began when Cindy Lindh, a language arts teacher at Montgomery Middle School in Montgomery, Texas, realized that by utilizing the natural animal/human bond, she could create an interesting, non-judgmental atmosphere in her classroom that would be conducive to increased interest and thus higher achievement in reading.   

Over time, and after experimenting with several different methods of utilizing her Labrador retriever, Rosey, during the reading period, she discovered that even shy and timid children looked forward to reading with a dog.  Children who were reluctant to read aloud in front of their peers were enthusiastic about reading to a warm, fuzzy, friendly dog. 

In 2002 the program added volunteer teams who began working once a week with designated students on a one-on-one basis.  Intermountain Therapy Animals of Salt Lake City, Utah’s R.E.A.D.®  program was used as a model for our first teams.  In order to become a member of Montgomery Pet Partners, it was established early on that each therapy team was required to pass an evaluation and become a registered pet partner team of the Delta Society (now called Pet Partners®). The Delta Society (Pet Partners®) is a national organization that evaluates and insures therapy dog teams.  The MISD School Board approved the project for the district in 2002, and 501(c)(3) status was granted in December of 2003.

Beginning with two registered handler/dog teams, Montgomery Pet Partners has now evolved into over 45 registered teams. These teams are a positive influence not only on reading literacy levels of school children, but have expanded to include interaction in hospitals, libraries, and senior facilities. 

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