Pet Companion

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Hospice of the Miami Valley

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Pet Companion

Do you have a pet who loves people? Do you enjoy spending time with others? Hospice of the Miami Valley is looking for pet companion volunteers to bring their pet to visit patients in public health care facilities and/or patient homes. As we all know, animals create a special connection with people, and they often reach patients in a way no one else is able to do. From simply spreading smiles everywhere they go, to getting a non-verbal individual talking, the experience of sharing your pet is unforgettable!

Volunteers are an important part of the Hospice team. Friendly visitor volunteers for HOMV offer support, companionship, and practical, caring help to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. The help and support that our volunteers give is returned to them in countless ways.

This position offers flexibility in time commitment and schedule, so you can volunteer as little or as much as you like. Our Volunteer Coordinator will provide specialized training and will walk with you every step of the way. You will be supported in your role by a competent and caring group of nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains, and fellow volunteers. Pets must be at least 1 year old, up to date on all vaccinations, be obedient to their handler, and be able to behave calmly around a variety of people. Training or certification for animal assisted therapy is encouraged, but not required. Your pet’s abilities and behavior will be assessed by HOMV staff before being approved to visit patients.

Volunteers will report to our office in Xenia. However, volunteers are needed in communities within Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties.

If you'd like to become a caring presence to those in need, please call Volunteer Coordinator Anne Metzger at (937) 728-3412 or email

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France

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About Hospice of the Miami Valley


46 N Detroit St, Suite B, Xenia, OH 45385, US

Mission Statement

Our mission at Hospice of the Miami Valley is dedicated in providing compassionate, comfort care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. Our first responsibility is to serve our patients and families with integrity, compassion and respect. Committed to creating an environment of healing, our interdisciplinary team approach of physical, psychosocial and spiritual services, supports each individual’s life journey with comfort and dignity. Hospice of the Miami Valley is dedicated to serve those affected by serious illness and who need hospice services regardless of ability to pay.


Hospice of the Miami Valley is a "nurse-founded and led" team of service specialists who provide a patient-centered, family-supported and compassionate approach to care. Many people know that nurses are service-oriented and are driven by dedication. This commitment to care is reflected in Hospice of the Miami Valley’s values of Integrity, Compassion and Respect.

Hospice affirms life. At Hospice of the Miami Valley, we strive to make today the best day for you and your loved ones. Hospice seeks to nurture the potential for growth that often exists within the life experience with supportive, positive care directed toward comfort and dignity honoring each individual’s life journey.

Hospice of the Miami Valley recognizes those who have served by participating in We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hospice of the Miami Valley has a variety of volunteer opportunities across the entire Miami Valley. Our volunteers play a vital role in the Hospice team. Hospice of the Miami Valley offers each volunteer flexible schedules, specialized training, and opportunities for personal growth. Volunteers are needed across Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren counties. Contact Hospice of the Miami Valley to find a volunteer opportunity near you!


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46 N Detroit St.Xenia, OH 45385



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 Step TB testing, and drug testing.

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