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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Ohio 4-H PetPALS

Welcome to Ohio 4-H PetPALS

  • 2024 Master 4-H PetPALS Volunteer Training - March 16, 2024, 10 am - 5 pm.

Postponed due to low registration numbers

Cooper and Milo

People and Animals Linking Successfully!

4-H PetPALS is a program of Ohio State University Extension, 4-H Youth Development. 4-H PetPALS is a leader-directed, experientially based, intergenerational program linking young people and their pets with senior adults in various healthcare facilities. The program utilizes the natural bond between youth and animals to promote positive youth development. Youth gain a greater appreciation for their pets, and experience compassion and caring for senior citizens through the 4-H PetPALS program.

Our Online Purpose

We provide visual aids to leaders and youth, as a supplement to our curriculum. Our curriculum provides very well written step-by-step descriptions for animal behavior and communication, and well written step-by-step instructions for testing pets. Additional photographs and videos are provided online in greater depth.