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Pets Reaching Out To People

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Join Our Group

      You are welcome to join us at our next meeting on:
 Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 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!

Therapy Evaluations Information


     Pet Partners Evaluation Dates for 2024 are:

January 27, March 9, June 8, September 14, November 16


Contact Judy Knoll: for more information

Pet Partners Handler's Class

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

No classes currently scheduled

Contact Julie Hoffman: for more info

You can take the online course with Pet Partners (for a fee).  

​Click to go to our Pet Partners page for more info

Contact Karen Simecka to schedule:

Click to go to our ATD page for more info

Reading with Prairieland Dogs - 2024

See us on WIBW - click here

We hold three sessions of 6 weeks (on Sunday) each year at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library from 2:00-3:00 pm.

February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 3, 10

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7

September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13

For more information, contact Debby Martin:

prairieland visiting animals Topeka, KS

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

  • 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. They are 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.

NEW Pay your dues by Paypal

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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. 


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