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A Hospice "Paw Pals" Pet Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: VITAS Healthcare of San Diego

  • 380 people are interested
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 comprehensive orientation to gain the knowledge you will need to work with terminally ill patients. These are currently being held online and/or via self-study. VITAS Pet screening, obedience training or certification required. We must also have a copy of animal's immunization records.

Per California requirements, volunteers visiting patients must provide proof of COVID vaccination and booster OR apply for a VITAS exemption which requires weekly COVID test results.

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About VITAS Healthcare of San Diego


9655 Granite Ridge Dr., Ste. 300, San Diego, CA 92123, US

Mission Statement

VITAS Healthcare recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative Hospice program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. By exemplifying the VITAS Values, volunteers serve as advocates and are proactive in meeting the needs of those under our care. VITAS integrates volunteers into the hospice team by actively recruiting, training, supporting and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.


Volunteers are the heart of VITAS Healthcare, providing friendly, non-medical support to hospice patients and their family or offering support services in the office. We are seeking caring and compassionate individuals to volunteer for our patients in their homes or in nursing facilities in your community throughout San Diego County.


Health & Medicine
Animals, Health & Medicine, Seniors


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


  • Animal Therapy
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary
  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare
  • Hospice Care


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 weekly visits, generally 1-2 hrs + travel time
  • 2022 Zoom General Orientation Dates: April 8 from 9 – 10 am 13 from 5 – 6 pm 25 from 1 – 2 pm May 2 from 7 – 8 am 12 from 7 – 8 am 25 from 2 – 3 pm June 2 from 7 – 8 am 6 from 2 – 3 pm 28 from 12 – 1 pm

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