Addictions Recovery Center recognizes the therapeutic benefit of having animals as part of treatment… that’s why ARC is proud to offer a safe and healthy environment for our clients – and in some cases their pets.
The opportunity is extended to dogs and cats and limited to our Residential Facility, the Business Office and the Women’s Transition House.
The appropriateness of pets at our facilities is determined by a designated Addictions Recovery Center staff member and is based on any potential risk to the pets, clients and staff.
All potential visiting or residing dogs undergo a formal aggression and behavioral evaluation as set forth by the American Humane Society’s SAFER Evaluation Program. The SAFER evaluation will be performed by a designated staff member who has undergone SAFER training. All dogs must receive a combined score of 1 or 2. Dogs that score in the 3 plus range will not be considered for residency or visitation at our facility.
Addictions Recovery Center reserves the right to evict any pet which it deems dangerous or disruptive at any time without notice.
Addictions Recovery Center does not support the release of animals to any “kill” shelters. Clients wishing to have their pet in treatment must provide a verifiable guardian with whom their pet may stay should the pet be deemed inappropriate for our facility.
For the health and safety of our clients and pets, visitors are not permitted to bring in companion pets without prior approval.
All animals in our facility must be in good health, free of parasites, up-to-date on immunization and have proof of current rabies vaccination.
Dogs must be bathed within the first 24 hours of entering our facility and no less than a monthly basis thereafter.
Animals and their handlers are to observe pet free zones, which include the kitchen, dining room and restrooms.
Pets must wear a collar or harness at all times.
Owners must provide no more than a 6-foot lead for their pets to use outdoors or when deemed necessary or precautionary by Addictions Recovery Center staff.
Clients and staff members will escort their pets to the designated “Pet Area” for all bathroom needs. Once an animal has eliminated, the waste must be bagged and removed immediately then placed in our waste receptacle.
Addictions Recovery Center recognizes behavior modification opportunities. A pet is allowed three bathroom-related accidents and then they must return or stay home. The pet can be reconsidered once it has been successfully bathroom trained. (“Three strikes and you’re out”)
Any client or employee wishing to have their pet at an Addictions Recovery Center facility must sign a contract and agree to the terms.