Founded in 2007, PetPalsNC (PPNC) promotes and supports animal-assisted therapy and activities for K-12 students to enhance academic, social, emotional, and behavioral growth.


PPNC was established as a school social work program and the following core values continue to be central to the organization, both in business decisions and in service delivery: Service, Dignity and Worth of both People and Animals, Importance of Relationships, Integrity, and Competence.


Since its inception, PPNC has provided thousands of students with the mental, physical, educational, social, and motivational support they need to sustain and enhance their daily lives. We currently offer programs in approximately 40 schools in Orange County, Durham, and Chapel Hill/Carrboro school systems. PPNC is powered by more than 50 talented and dedicated certified pet therapy teams.


Many more schools and school systems are interested in working with PPNC to make a difference in the lives of even more children. In this complex and often intimidating time in our country, we will strive to be there to support as many children as possible: we are only constrained by our resources.

Board of Directors:

This group of dedicated volunteers on the PPNC Board of Directors work to keep us on course with our mission, ensures that our values are at our core to continue our impact, and sets the direction for achieving our vision.

With the strong growth we have recently experienced (currently 53 Teams doing incredible work in almost 40 schools in Orange County, Chapel Hill, Durham, Granville, as well as in two programs in Wake), PPNC underwent a recent Board Development Project to prepare for the future. As a result, we are expanding our Board to include members with key qualities and talents in order to keep our services free and to meet increasing demands to serve more schools.

Volunteers can also share their talents and time by working on a Committee.

Please contact us if you are interested more information about volunteering on our Board or Committees.