A Hospice "Paw Pal" Pet Volunteer

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Nursing Home/Assisted Livings in YOUR communityAssignments made within 15 miles of your homeThroughout San Diego County, CA 92123
Provide comfort with your furry family member


Does your pet enjoy people? Would you like to bring joy to others in a fun and simple way? VITAS invites you and your pet to become PAW Pals and visit VITAS hospice patients in nursing homes or assisted living facilities in your community. Pets provide friendship and show unconditional love to hospice patients. People who have had to give up their pets miss the companionship and devotion that only animals can provide. Your visits leave behind memories of you and your pet, and rekindle thoughts of other pets. All kinds of pets are invited to join VITAS' PAW Pals. ALL Volunteers must attend a 2 day Orientation to gain the knowledge you will need to work with terminally ill patients. These are held every other month on 2 consecutive Saturdays. Obedience training, certification or VITAS Scrreening required. We must also have a copy of animal's immunization records.


  • Animal Therapy
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 weekly visits, generally 1-2 hrs + travel time
  • 2018 Orientation Dates: Oct. 6 AND 13, Jan. 12 AND 19, 2019

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