Pet therapy visits for Hospice Patients

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Mercy Hospice

Do you have a pet that would make an excellent comfort, companion pet? Consider joining the Mercy Hospice Volunteer Team with your pet (dog)that has completed the Canine Good Citizen training and is registered with Therapy Dogs International or Canine Companions for Independence. Visits may be done with patient's at Mercy Hospice-Johnston (Inpatient hospice facility), in Care Facilities where our hospice patients reside, or in patient homes. This can be routinely scheduled visits to the MHJ facility or per patient request for pet therapy visits. If you think that your pet could provide comfort to those with a life limiting illness, please reach out to the Mercy Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.

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Animals Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


5820 Winwood DriveJohnston, IA 50131



  • Patient Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask that you commit to one year of service with Mercy Hospice. There is no set hours you are required to volunteer. Those can be discussed based on your availability.
  • Pet must have completed a therapy pet certification and be current on vaccines. Handler must complete the Mercy Hospice Volunteer Orientation program.

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