An application fee of $35 per handler is charged to cover administrative costs, including handouts and other expenses. However, after completing the registration process, this fee is applied to the current year’s dues.
The orientation session is approximately three hours long and provides information about KPETS’ mission, services, what the expectations are for the pet and handlers, and what to expect when you go on visits.
The next Orientation is Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:30 am at the KPETS office in Lancaster, PA.
Prior to orientation, please fill out these Pre-Orientation Forms and bring them with you to the class. Please, no pets or young children at this session.
Click here to register (Choose Orientation preference – equine near bottom of list)
Following orientation, each team is required to complete a KPETS Group Evaluation (pre-assessment). This step is to see if the team is ready for an actual visit or if more training or socialization may be needed. During the evaluation, you and your equine will be asked to demonstrate basic obedience: stand, back, side to side, stay in place and walking on a loose lead. We also observe how the equine reacts to crowds, other dogs, rough petting, loud noises, wheelchairs or walkers, etc. Our trained evaluators will provide guidance in specific areas, as needed. If necessary, we encourage practicing their suggestions, and trying again at a later date.
After completion of a successful group evaluation, you will join us on an actual visit/s with our evaluators for on-the-job training and evaluation.
After all the above steps are successfully met, all required paperwork needs to be completed and submitted for processing. You will then receive a certificate of completion and your official KPETS name tag. You will also receive a letter instating your liability insurance for coverage through September 15.
Please note: KPETS has adopted a policy to comply with the new PA law regarding Background Checks. Getting the required Background Checks is something you can start at any time. KPETS will need copies of your background checks on file before we can complete your registration process.