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1001 Taintor RoadSpringfield, IL 62702


The APL is in need of reliable volunteers to take some of our animals off-site to long-term care facilities. By participating in this program you are not only helping out our animals, but you are helping out the community.

Pet Therapy is a Community Program wherein volunteers take animals to long-term care facilities to visit with the residents. Pet Therapy programs in these facilities have been shown to reduce depression and even help mitigate social withdrawal associated with Alzheimer’s disease. There will be 2-4 volunteers assigned to a given location that will come out to our shelter and pick up a couple of cats and dogs. Once the animals have been picked up, you will head over to the facility that you signed up for. There you get to hang out with the residents and animals. While they are petting and playing with them you can talk to them about the shelter and the animal they are interacting with or just about life in general! This program is a nice way to get our animals the exposure and socialization they need, all the while helping bring happiness into someone’s life.

Training is required and will be provided.


  • People Skills
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours once a month
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