Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Volunteers are essential to the care provided by Willow Tree Hospice. Pet Therapy is one of the most requested services offered by our team of volunteers. It is amazing the power a pet can have on our patients and their caregivers. The comfort provided and the memories that surface make this a very rewarding opportunity not only for our patients and their families but the volunteers as well.
Volunteers work with the Willow Tree Hospice inter-disciplinary team to help provide patient and family support. Volunteers provide companionship visits to offer a hand to hold, a listening ear or simply a caring, compassionate heart. Pet Therapy just adds another dimension to these services that no other experience can do. The memories and experiences that a Pet therapy visits that helps a patient to recall provides comfort, relaxation and joy. All volunteers receive one on one hospice training. Pet Therapy certification is also required but Willow Tree Hospice will reimburse the volunteer for this expense. Current rabies vaccine verification also required. Please contact us if you would like to share the joy of your pet with our hospice patients and their caregivers.