Our therapists are caring and compassionate . . . and sometimes have four legs and a wiggly tail!
At Parkside, animal-assisted (or pet) therapy is a unique and effective treatment tool available to all clients in our residential and inpatient programs. The animals are a much-beloved part of our organization, and we need your help to keep them happy and healthy. Our pet therapy room is currently home to the following friends: rabbits, guinea pigs, a hedgehog, turtles and tortoises, a bearded dragon, snails, and more. As a pet therapy volunteer, you are entitled to all the cuddles you want.
We are seeking volunteers to help clean cages, feed and water the animals, and wash the rugs in our pet therapy room. Ideally we will have a volunteer come once a day, though we are happy to divide the position between multiple people. We just ask that you commit to a regular schedule. This opportunity is perfect for veterinary students or just someone who loves animals!
Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic is a private, not-for-profit 71-bed psychiatric hospital and outpatient clinic, specializing in mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Our skilled, caring staff help many children, adolescents and adults suffering with all kinds of mental health or substance abuse issues. Each year, we serve nearly 2,000 adults and children in our inpatient and residential programs and maintain an active caseload of 800 outpatients.
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- minimum 1-2 hours once a week, up to 1-2 hours/day