The board of directors of the Delta Society have recently voted to implement a new policy which will prohibit any dog being fed a raw diet from participating in the Pet Partners therapy program.
We have long been supporters of the work that the Delta Society does, and are disappointed in this recent decision. Some of the reasons cited in the decision appear to be unnecessarily broad.
We certainly share the concern regarding potential exposure of individuals with compromised immune systems to germs. We question whether revised grooming and preparation standards, rather than an outright ban on raw feeding, would achieve comparable results.
We hope that further research and documentation submitted to the Delta Society will lead to a revision or reconsideration of this ruling.