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VITAS Healthcare Hospice Paw Pals Volunteers (visiting with your pet)

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ORGANIZATION: VITAS Healthcare - Broward

  • 389 people are interested

Does your pet have that something special? Our patients would love to have visit with your pet! No bones about it; pets touch lives in special ways - and volunteering offers many rewards! Research has shown that pet visits can sometimes reach a patient in ways that no human being can.

Opportunity Description:

Near the end of life, most people want comfort, dignity and a sense of normalcy. And for many people, nothing delivers all three like an animal companion. Vitas Paw Pals are volunteer teams comprising a human - like you - and a pet - like yours! Together these valiant volunteers visit hospice patients and families in their private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or inpatient units.

Paw Pals can offer that extra support which only friendly furry, feathered or hoofed friends can provide to terminally ill patients and their families. A VITAS Paw Pal team can bring back positive memories of his or her own pet, encourage activity and provide unconditional love and comfort to our hospice patients. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals (upon approval) can be considered.

Pet must be at least one- year old.
Pet must have up-to-date health records.
Pet must have completed obedience training; or be screened by the basic screening questions of the Canine Good Citizen Program. (this can be done on site at VITAS).

A Paw Pal Volunteer is considered a Patient Care Volunteer. Volunteer is required to complete a background screening, fingerprint, and TB test. VITAS covers the cost of these.

For additional information about the VITAS Paw Pal program, contact Laurel Torres, Manager of Volunteer Services, at or

For more information about VITAS Volunteer Services visit

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About VITAS Healthcare - Broward



Mission Statement

VITAS Healthcare recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. By exemplifying the VITAS Values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocates and are proactive in meeting the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrates volunteers into the hospice team by actively recruiting, training, supporting and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.


Volunteers are the heart of VITAS Healthcare, providing friendly, non-medical patient and family care and offering support services in the office, using their cars and from their own homes.


Health & Medicine
Animals, Health & Medicine, Women


We'll work with your schedule.


Vitas Healthcare - Broward County4800 N. Nob Hill Rd - "C" WingSunrise, FL 33351


  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Hospice Care
  • Elder care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Patient Care




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 times per month for 1 hour. You must have a well behaved, loving pet. Certification is preferred, but not required. We will provide assessment.
  • APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A COVID VACCINE CARD - NO EXCEPTIONS - Initial Vet screening required (form will be provided by VITAS); Pets must be updated with required vaccinations

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