Our Hospice Hounds teams consist of a certified* pet therapy animals and their humans, who work directly with patients to provide joy, comfort and companionship. Through regular scheduled visits, hospice patients are able to experience the animal-human bond through pet cuddles, watching tricks, or just being present with an animal. These visits are so rewarding and therapeutic for patients in their end stage of life, and often bring up fond memories of their younger days. If you have a furry friend that brings joy everywhere you go, this is the position for you!
If your pet is already certified through an accredited program, you can apply immediately to become an Ecumen Hospice Hounds team volunteer. Pet must also be up to date on all vaccinations. And while dogs are the most common animal to join our Hospice Hounds teams, we are open to all certified therapy pets!
*If you have a pet that you think would make a great therapy animal, but is not yet certified, below are a few organizations you can contact to get that process started. There are others in the area, so feel free to do your research and find one that fits your schedule, location, needs and budget. Make sure to tell them you’d like to become an Ecumen Hospice volunteer once you’re done!
Therapy Dogs International: http://tdi-dog.org/
Pet Partners: https://petpartners.org/
Location: We serve patients in their residence, which may include private homes, skilled nursing, assisted living, or independent living facilities. Many of our patients live in Ecumen owned or managed communities. **We serve the entire Twin Cities metro area. Our current highest needs are Brooklyn Center, Apple Valley, Chisago City, and North Branch**
For more information, please visit our website, www.ecumenhospice.org or contact Cori Ballew, volunteer specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-714-0200.
- Hospice Care
- Animal Therapy
- Bereavement Support
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Satisfactorily completes Ecumen Hospice volunteer training and passes TB test.