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Join Our Group


      You are welcome to join us at our next meeting on:
 Tuesday, November 7, 6:30-7:30pm  
Rm 206 @ TSCP Library

Not a member and want to join us? See our new membership form below to sign up and use paypal to pay your dues.  You're welcome to attend a meeting anytime.  We would love to meet you!

Our annual in-service training will be held from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, October 7.  This year, our seminar is entitled "Unleashing the Language of Dogs:  Understanding the Canine Stress Signals in Therapy Work."  We are both privileged and honored to welcome Julie Castaneda as our presenter.  Many of you know Julie as the owner of Dog Day Afternoon, a highly regarded boarding and day care facility with two locations that have been serving Topeka families for more than 25 years.


Julie specializes in canine behavior modification and possesses an extensive understanding of canine body language.  She has also worked in other dog related fields such as training, search and rescue, police and service dog training, animal control and disaster response.  Her work has been recognized nationally by the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States.  Julie is also the author of "Dog Church," and will have copies of her book available to purchase.


Julie will speak from 9 am to noon.  We will have an informal lunch and Q&A session between noon and 1 pm.  Lunch is included in the registration fee of $15 for PVAA members and $25 for non-members.  Registration is currently only open to members.  If space allows, it will be opened to the public at a later date.  Members can find further information about registering on our Member Only access page.

In-Service Training

           Pet Partners Evaluation Dates for 2023 are:

October 14

Register at PP online or contact Sharon for help

Handler's Class Dates (you must take the handler's class before evaluating)

Pet Partner's Handler's Class

Saturday, September 16, 2023


Shawnee County Topeka Public Library

Menninger Room #206, Cost $30

Sign-up on the Pet Partners Website!

A Weekday Class Will Be Posted Soon!

Therapy Evaluations Information

Contact Karen Simecka to schedule:
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Prairieland is a fun and friendly group of folks from the heartland who are interested in promoting the human/animal bond.

Our group provides registered pet therapy teams to nursing homes, retirement homes, hospitals, schools and other facilities that can benefit from interactions with a therapy animal.

The Association meets 4 times a year, participates in local community events and provides speakers to various organizations.

We encourage evaluation and registration of animals to ensure that they are welcome at every facility. Our members belong to: Pet Partners or Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Contact us if you have any questions, comments or inquiries (use email form at the bottom of this page).

Visiting Animals Association
of Kansas



Benefits Include

  • Mentoring of all new teams  

  • Member's only page access 

  • 'Who's visiting where' list           

  • Facilities asking for teams

  • Member list with contact info

  • Reading program - library

  • Educational workshops

  • Quarterly newsletters 

  • Monthly updates     

  • Social events         

Prairieland welcomes all people, even if you don't have a therapy animal at this time!

Starting in 2023, dues are $30 for Active members or $20 for Associate members. Due annually on January 1.

Be sure to check out our "Become a Therapy Team" tab at the top of this page for information on the 2 national pet therapy organizations that we support.

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Help Prairieland to Spread the Word

Our mission is to support human health and wellness in our local community. Your donation helps support our volunteer animal therapy teams in their devotion to enrich the lives of others. It allows us to continue to recruit more teams, provide educational workshops/seminars and promote the healing aspect of the human- animal bond.


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Click on the button below and search for PVAA under the list of charities; select PVAA. You must use the for this to work.


Get your rewards card at and create an account, then go to community rewards and use #LK983 to sign up and use Prairieland as your favorite charity. 


Meet our teams

Meet Our Teams

Kathy and Sparky

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