Pet Therapy Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: Hospice of the Chesapeake

Positions Summary

To provide pet visits to Hospice of the Chesapeake patients and their family members and Chesapeake Life Center clients.

Responsibilites & Functions

* Ensure that the pet has current certification/on file with Hospice of the Chesapeake
* Provide the pet’s shot records annually/on file with Hospice of the Chesapeake
* Facilitate the pet’s interaction with the patients/clients
* Always maintain control of the pet
* Respond to requests for pet visits; once matched contact the family within 24 hours to coordinate visit
* Arrive on time for scheduled visits; have positive interaction with those receiving service
* Complete volunteer visit progress notes within 24 hours of each visit
* Notify Volunteer Services of weekly schedule availability, as well as scheduled visits
* Attend at least one in-service training session annually
* Complete all required documentation annually (HIPAA/Patient Rights/PPD/Flu Shot)
* Contact Hospice of the Chesapeake Triage immediately to report: incidents, uncontrolled pain, breathing
problems, falls or any other concerns


Supervised by: Volunteer Services Coordinator
Volunteers Supervised: None
Degree of Supervision: Supervised first visit (or more) with patient depending on pet therapy team’s experience and comfort level

Minimum Position Qualifications

Minimum education: Hospice of the Chesapeake Patient Care Training
Required licensure or certification: Pets must have current certification with P.A.W.S Maryland, Pet Partners, Fidos for Freedom, or Therapy Dogs International
Minimum experience: None required
Skills required: Dependability, flexibility, and understanding of hospice philosophy
Physical demands: None
Equipment needed: None
Working conditions: Inpatient Care Centers, assisted-living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, patients’ homes

Roles, Responsibilities, Expectations

As a Medicare-certified hospice, we are mandated to include Volunteers as an important part of our organization. We are required to have at least 5% of our patient service hours provided by Volunteers.

Every year our Volunteers provide thousands of hours of service for our patients. The value of time is priceless in the eyes of our patients and their families.

Volunteer tasks can be patient related or non-patient related.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or other positions within our Volunteer Department, please contact a member of our team at 443-837-1508 or through email at

To learn more about Hospice of the Chesapeake, you can visit our website at

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About Hospice of the Chesapeake


John & Cathy Belcher Campus, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122, US

Mission Statement

Caring for life throughout the journey with illness and loss.


Hospice of the Chesapeake was founded in 1979 provides physical, psycho-social, spiritual and grief support to patients and families living with an advanced illness or those suffering the loss of a loved one.


Crisis Support
Animals, Community, Crisis Support


We'll work with your schedule.


9500 Medical Center DriveLargo, MD 20774



  • Animal Therapy
  • Patient Care
  • Hospice Care




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Pets must be certified prior to volunteering. Give us a call and we will provide you with additional information.

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