Share Your Canine Companion and Enhance the Lives of Seniors!


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1415 W. Foster Avenue2720 W. Foster Avenue5520 N. Paulina St.Chicago, IL 60640


Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services

Position Description

Position Title: Pet Therapy

Program/Department: Covenant Home, The Hartwell, Wesley Place

Reports To: Program Coordinator of Covenant Home; Supervisor of The Hartwell; Activities Coordinator of Wesley Place

Classification: N/A

Status: N/A

Date Completed/Revised: 02/2014


The primary purpose of your position is to enhance the experience of daily living by providing residents with visits from vaccinated dogs that provide therapeutic companionship and entertainment.


Responsible To: Program Coordinator of Covenant Home; Supervisor of The Hartwell; Activities Coordinator of Wesley Place

Supervises: This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Interrelationships: Residents/Clients/Tenants, Families, Co-Workers, Vendors, Visitors

TIME REQUIRED: Approximately 30 minutes to an hour

LENGTH OF COMMITMENT: Sporadic visits are welcomed. Weekly or monthly commitments are preferred.


  • Consistently promotes interactions and activity that reflect the Mission and Values of the organization while consistently demonstrating and ensuring person centered customer service.
  • Promote the human/companion dog bond.
  • Ability to control animal through verbal commands and/or hand signal and to physically restrain dog, if necessary
  • Schedule visit in advance with the Program Coordinator, Supervisor, or Activity Coordinator.
  • Log volunteer time by signing in and out on the Volunteer Log Sheet.
  • Compliance and understanding of HIPAA laws.
  • Performs similar and other duties as assigned.


Is dependable and reliable when scheduled to work as evidenced by infrequent use of sick time, absent time and lateness. Follows dress code and practices principles of good health and hygiene. Illustrates positive attitude and good work habits as evidenced by effective communication, teamwork, quality of work and care, initiative, cooperation and adherence to all policies and procedures.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong customer service skills
  • The pet handler must have highly developed dog-training and handling skills. He/she must exhibit a strong bond with his/her dog, as well as an understanding of basic animal behavior.
  • Handler must present current vaccinations for the dog
  • Strong aptitude for written and verbal correspondence
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language
  • Interest in serving seniors and compassion for this population
  • Experience working with elderly population is desirable, but not required


  • Dog must be up to date on vaccinations. Handler must present current vaccination records.


Attends all mandatory training. Completes drug test and background check. Knowledgeable of the emergency codes and understands and observes safety rules. Maintain clean and safe work area.


When physical requirements are not essential job functions, reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities.

Occasionally required to stand and walk continuously

  • Ability to see, hear and speak continuously at a level to meet all essential functions of the job
  • Activities required include occasional stooping, bending, reaching, occasional kneeling and squatting
  • Physical work is of light demand with frequent lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling up to 30lbs.
  • Work is of high attention and mental demands including the ability to prioritize and process with accuracy


Good Match For

Teens People 55+

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