Friendly Pet Visitor

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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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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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