Friendly Pet Visitor

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ORGANIZATION: National Church Residences Hospice

Job Title: Friendly Pet Visitor

Purpose: Spending time with a pet can reduce anxiety and increase feelings of comfort and wellbeing. Friendly pet visitors will provide these benefits to patients by sitting together quietly, enjoying pet cuddles, and/or playing with pet toys.

Location: Various locations in the Columbus, OH metro area

Key Responsibilities:

  • Visit patients in their homes or facilities
  • Ensure pet and patient safety at all times
  • Demonstrate clear control over animal behavior in calm, positive manner
  • Provide casual conversation with patients and caregivers
  • Politely guide others on how to interact with your animal

Time Commitment: Once a month (min.), 1 hour shifts, for a minimum of 6 months plus 4-6 hours of hospice volunteer training and annual online inservices.


  • Dogs need not be certified therapy dogs, but must attend a meet-and-greet with hospice staff
  • Up-to-date veterinary records
  • Kindness, patience, organization

Support: Training for this position will be provided.

Age Requirement: None

Dress Code: Casual. Dogs must be leashed.

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About National Church Residences Hospice


2245 North Bank Drive, Columbus, OH 43220, US

Mission Statement

The Mission of National Church Residences is to provide quality housing and care at affordable prices in communities of caring persons. Our ministry is national in scope and originates from a Christian commitment of service to older adults, which began in 1961. We have become a leading name in senior services, retirement community management and support for people in need. While our ministry has been targeted primarily toward older adults, we have special concern for low- and moderate-income seniors, persons with disabilities, and low- and moderate-income families. We are committed to expanding and funding services in assisted living, nursing homes, and full-service retirement communities. We also plan for thoughtful growth in affordable family housing.


National Church Residences Home and Community Services Hospice address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of clients and their families as they cope with a life-limiting illness. Compassionate, comprehensive care for clients and their families is provided through a patient-centered approach, either in the client's home or in a home-like setting. Our services are designed to provide comfortable care in familiar surroundings. This personal approach incorporates both the client and family to create an individual plan that meets their needs and enhances life. Individual client goals are our goals.


Animals, Community, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


Greater Columbus Metro AreaColumbus, OH 43215



  • Hospice Care
  • Elder care
  • People Skills
  • Animal Therapy
  • Relationship Building


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 1 visit per month for at least 6 months
  • Health & safety screenings for volunteer and pet

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