Share-A-Pet began in December of 2003 as a man and his dog with a mission. Founder Sachin Mayi and his loving yellow lab, Tenzin, wanted to share their love with those in need. They were graciously received by the Broward Children’s Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where Tenzin was able to get responses from children who were not responding to other therapies. They were so amazed to see these miracles with the children that they decided to contact other facilities and see how they could benefit them as well.
Everywhere they went they found that there was a great need for pet-assisted therapy. Many facilities had been on waiting lists for pets for as long as two years. Sachin and Tenzin went to work, and within a short time they had established a rapport with several care facilities. Once they saw the effect they were having on the wonderful people in these facilities, they couldn’t resist going to visit them and decided to dedicate their lives to serving those in need by offering pet-assisted therapy to as many facilities as they could.
This dedication and its positive, loving effects caught the attention of the press and others interested in participating in the program in January of 2005. Since then Share-A-Pet has registered close to 1,000 highly qualified volunteers, pet assisted therapy teams and leaders across the nation who dedicate their time to serving those in need. The program has expanded to include not only children’s centers and nursing homes, but hospitals, cancer centers, and also schools with our ‘Pawsitive Reading’ Program.
To inspire everyone in our communities to participate in improving the lives of individuals confined to hospitals, nursing homes and children’s centers by supporting regular visits of pet-assisted therapy.
Our Mission Statement
To bring happiness and improve the lives of individuals confined to hospitals, nursing homes and children’s centers by providing certified and insured pet-assisted therapy.
Our patients are our most precious asset. That is why, at Share-A-Pet, we believe in going the extra mile. Many of our volunteers have been known to spend extended hours with patients in need. In addition to their regular pet-assisted therapy, our volunteers have provided books on tape, clothing, TVs, and other items to add to the comfort of residents. It is no wonder we have become a favorite in our communities.