American Pet Nutrition, Pet Partners Team to Support Animal-Assisted Therapy
Ogden, Utah-based American Pet Nutrition (APN), maker of Vita Bone Biscuits and Chewy Sticks and Supreme Source premium grain-free dog and cat foods, has announced its new corporate partnership with Pet Partners.
APN and Pet Partners—the nation’s largest nonprofit to promote animal-assisted therapy, education and other activities—are teaming up to help people through animal-assisted interactions.
With APN’s help, Pet Partners will continue to bring the healing power of pets to people in need, from patients, the elderly, veterans and others. Pet Partners provides animal-assisted interactions with dogs and eight other species. The nonprofit evaluates handlers and their animals for visiting programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice facilities, Alzheimers’ facilities, courtrooms, schools and other settings. Last year, Pet Partners teams made more than 1 million visits in all 50 states to people in need.
“All of us at American Pet Nutrition have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of pets everywhere, because we know what joy they can bring,” said Bill Behnken, president and CEO of APN. “That’s why we’re pleased to be part of the great work that Pet Partners is doing. Their therapy teams make a positive impact in people’s lives every day.”
Behnken and the APN family share Pet Partners’ belief that the relationship between human and animal is a meaningful connection that enhances the lives of both people and pets.
“We are excited to have the support of APN and look forward to the company’s assistance with our efforts to educate, demonstrate and advocate animal-assisted therapy,” said Traci Pryor, senior director, national strategic partnerships at Pet Partners.