Ohio State University Extension

Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension https://ohio4h.org

PetPALS Ohio 4-H PetPALS

Welcome to Ohio 4-H PetPALS

The 2018 State Master 4-H PetPALS Volunteer Leader Training will be held Saturday, March 3, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Columbus. Registrations are due by Friday, February 23.


People and Animals Linking Successfully!

“Hi!  My name is Jessica, and I have my dog Scarlet with me today. Would you like a visit from Scarlet? She would love to say hi and let you pet her!”


4-H PetPALS is a program of Ohio State University Extension, 4-H Youth Development, supported by the Iams Company. 4-H PetPALS is a leader-directed, experientially based, intergenerational program linking young people and their pets with senior adults. The program utilizes the natural bond between youth and animals to promote positive youth development. Youth, like Jessica, 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 communicaion, and well written step-by-step instructions for testing pets. Additional photographs and videos are provided online in greater depth.

Current Contact Information:
Lucinda B. Miller, Ph.D.