Volunteer with your pet and bring joy to elders!

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Edie and Zipper
PetPals,a program of FriendshipWork: Bringing the unconditional loving companionship of pets to elders in nursing homes and other senior facilities

The PetPals Program of FriendshipWorks is looking for volunteers with pets to visit elders living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Boston and Brookline. PetPals is a remarkable program that brings the unique healing power of the human-animal bond to a sometimes forgotten population. The majority of our teams are volunteer-dog but we also have volunteer-cat visiting teams. We ask for a commitment of 2-4 hours a month for at least 6 months.

A volunteer-pet screening is required to test for obedience and reaction to nursing home stressors such as wheelchairs and walkers. Pets are required to have a physical exam, rabies vaccination and a fecal test before being matched with one of 38 facilities in the Boston/Brookline area.

Apply online today at www.fw4elders.org/volunteer/petpals-volunteer-application/

Learn more about FriendshipWorks and our volunteer opportunities on our website at: www.fw4elders.org

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  • People Skills
  • Animal Therapy
  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 visits per month
  • Pass a Volunteer-Pet Team Screening

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