The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Volunteers with their therapy dogs visit hospital patients providing a time of conversation, comfort and diversion. Pets must have Therapeutic Dogs International (TDI) certification and up to date vaccines and health checks. TDI certification costs can reimbursed if certain criteria are meet.
Hospital experience is not necessary but owner and pet must feel comfortable in a health care setting.
Owners receive TB screening, flu shot and criminal back ground check which is offered at no cost to the volunteer. Volunteers enjoy free self and valet parking. Volunteer jackets are purchased through the volunteer services department for $22.