The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Pets can be very helpful in providing company for the residents. Volunteers who specialize in sharing their trained pet with persons who are ill or lonely are wanted. Volunteers function as companion volunteers with the specialty focus on encouraging and enhancing patient interactions with their certified pet. There may be only one visit, but often additional or on-going pet companion visits are requested.
Pet must be certified for visits by a certified Pet Therapy Program, comparable to those listed on the American Kennel Club's website. AseraCare agencies located in communities lacking a pet therapy certification group should have the pet, at minimum, pass obedience training and will have their first visit supervised by AseraCare staff.
Pet must have current rabies vaccination and Volunteer is responsible to keep this documentation current in the Volunteer's personnel file in the Volunteer Office records. Volunteer Coordinator will conduct 2-3 supervisory visits with volunteer and pet before they make unsupervised visits.