Bring healing through pet therapy.
- Dog certification: Only dogs that have successfully completed a Certified Pet Therapy Dog Program are eligible. Emotional support and service dogs, though valuable, don’t qualify for pet therapy within our program.
- Documentation: Handlers must provide:
- A certificate of completion and ID card from the therapy dog program.
- The most up-to-date vaccine history for their dog.
- Animal type: Currently, our Pet Therapy Program only accepts dogs. Other animals aren't eligible.
How to become a pet therapist.
Pet therapists are governed by their certifying company, prioritizing the safety and comfort of our patients. Several key protocols include:
- Keep dogs clean and groomed before each visit.
- Always have dogs leashed and under your control.
- Ask for permission before entering a patient’s room.
To become a pet therapist, ensure your dog completes a certified Pet Therapy program and then submit our volunteer application package.
Next, gather references.
Secure two references from individuals outside of your family and friends. To do so, send them the Volunteer Reference Form.
Note: References will be forwarded automatically to the appropriate department.
Request pet therapy for a patient.
Know someone in the hospital who might benefit from pet therapy? Ask the nursing staff to request a visit.