Volunteer with your pet and bring joy to elders in Brookline!

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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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About FriendshipWorks


105 Chauncy St., Suite 801, Boston, MA 02111, US

Mission Statement

FriendshipWorks, formerly MATCH-UP Interfaith Volunteers, recruits and trains caring individuals to assist elders living in the Boston area. Our mission is to decrease the isolation that too often comes with age and disability, to promote well being, and to enhance the quality of life of elders. We have seen firsthand the difference ongoing companionship and support can make both for our care recipients and our volunteers.


FriendshipWorks offers a variety of support services to elders in the Boston area. We make friendship matches between volunteers and elders. Volunteers often provide companionship, read aloud, take walks, or assist someone with errands. In addition to ongoing companionship, FriendshipWorks provides one-time assistance such as volunteer escorts to and from medical appointments and respite for family caregivers.


We'll work with your schedule.


address variesBrookline, MA 02446



  • 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 Screening

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