East Valley Hospice serves patients in the East Valley communities and pet therapy volunteer teams are often requested for our patients. Pets must be registered therapy animals, registered with a recognized agency promoting the human-animal bond. Both the pet and the handler will be evaluated and specifically trained to visit hospice patients wherever they call home--it could be a private home, a group home, assisted living, or skilled nursing facility. Our goal is to bring comfort and love to our patients through friendly visits complete with tail wags and snuggles. Small or large, pets always brighten our patients' days as well as those of the family and staff.
If you think about it, if your family or loved ones are animal lovers, imagine what it would be like to not have that interaction with animals. What if they were in a situation where they could not have their beloved pet? This is a great opportunity to make a huge difference in someone's life. Won't you consider visiting a hospice patient with your therapy animal? Share your special pet with others at a difficult point in their lives.
Call Julie at 480-895-5434 to discuss further and see what it's all about.
If you don't have a registered therapy animal but are interested in pursuing becoming a pet therapy handler with your special pet, we can help with that, too. We do not register but we are very familiar with the programs available and can put you in touch with the appropriate agencies and resources to make it a reality. Julie has experience as a pet therapy handler and can give you assistance in getting started, both with information and hands on if desired.
- Hospice Care
- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2-4 hours per week after training
- registered therapy team - handler and animal