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.
Who doesn't love the warmth and unconditional love from a beautiful four legged furry pet? If you love dogs, and I mean, really love dogs then you can be part of a rewarding experience.
Our exclusive Pet Therapy program is currently looking for chaperones. We have committed pet therapy handlers who bring their trained and certified dogs to the hospital to visit our patients. As a chaperone you will be . . .
escorting the handler and dog to the patient floors on various units.
engaging and interact with our patients & families and wonderful caregivers.
providing hand sanitizer to all who pet the dog.
greeting patients and introducing the pet handler and pet therapy dog.
able to commit to one day a week for a maximum of 2 hours, usually not more than an hour.
The presence of a dog in a hospital setting allows the patients to feel more at home, as they do play a small part of the healing process. The immediate gratification you will see on the patients' and staffs' faces when they are interacting with the dog is truly amazing. There are known benefits for pet therapy visits . . .
improves mood and overall well-being
decreases stress and anxiety
lowers blood pressure
lets patients reminisce about their own animals
If you are interested in volunteering in our program, please contact me for an interview.
Alice Messina Coordinator, Patient Experience Pet Therapy Coordinator 631-351-2399 firstname.lastname@example.org