You and your dog need to be evaluated as a working team. This helps determine that you have control of your dog and that your dog enjoys doing therapy dog work. In addition, the organization you evaluate with provides limited insurance during your visits.

After doing extensive research we selected the following organizations as both skilled and reputable for doing team evaluations:

     Alliance of Therapy Dogs
     Evaluator in the Roaring Fork Valley are:
     -  Trish Hittinger (970-945-5943) at
     -  Davy Lampman (970-618-4597) at
     -  Terena Thomas (970-524-1440) at

     Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society)
    There is no evaluator in the Roaring Fork Valley

After passing the dog/handler evaluation, you are ready to join Heeling Partners and become a visiting member.


To join us, contact Trish Hittinger at 970-945-5943 or for an application. There is a $20 per year member fee, but we do not turn away anyone for lack of funds. After receiving your application, we meet you we will contact you and go from there!