Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded solely for the purpose of providing pet therapy to elderly and ill patients and residents in healthcare facilities, and has served in the Austin area for over 30 years. Trained volunteers and their calm, obedient dogs visit assigned healthcare facilities twice per month making lasting bonds with the people they serve. Most Pet Pal volunteers serve nursing homes residents, who comprise one of the most forgotten segments of our society. Depression runs rampant in institutional facilities, as the elderly feel isolated; “out of sight, out of mind” is how many describe their lives. Pet Pal Teams provide a ray of sunshine by greeting the residents with a “smile and a tail wag” and sharing their pet’s unconditional love.