Make a real difference in someone's life!
Great Lakes Caring Hospice, a leading care provider in the Midwest, is looking for compassionate volunteers willing to donate their time to provide exceptional end-of-life care to local hospice patients and their families.
Great Lakes Caring Hospice is looking for Pet Therapy volunteers (handlers with dogs only). A visit from a therapy dog can be so beneficial. Terminally ill patients enjoy the extra attention and unconditional love they feel from a four-legged companion. In order to volunteer and visit patients, you must have your own dog who is already certified through Therapy Dogs International, West Michigan Therapy Dogs or Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. We will assist you in obtaining your therapy dog certifications if your dog is not already certified.
Hours are very flexible, weekdays, evenings or weekends. Dog/Handler teams typically visit patients 1-2 times per month. There is a 4 hour minimum requirement per month for all of our volunteers.
**Volunteers in Pet Therapy must have his/her own certified Therapy Dog and must be able to provide dog's health record (current DHLPP, Bordetella, Rabies, and fecal tests), therapy certification and certificate of liability insurance policy.
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- 4 hours per month
- TB testing for any volunteers working with patients. More information at www.greatlakescaring.com
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