Pet therapy hospice volunteers offer companionship and stress relief to hospice patients suffering from terminal illnesses. Close proximity to animals has been proven to reduce blood pressure and anxiety, and provide comfort to patients. Pet therapists are often state certified handler-and-pet teams; however, even uncertified, well-trained animals may be permitted to visit with patients. We are encouraging all volunteers to observe physical distancing, hand-washing, and masking guidelines. However, the CDC states that, at this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Because of this, the Transitions Hospice team feels that this is a wonderful opportunity to recruit pet therapy volunteers, and to raise awareness of this specific type of volunteer. Volunteers are needed in Polk, Dallas, Hickory, St. Clair, Greene, and Cedar counties in Missouri, so if you are interested in becoming a pet therapy volunteer, you may apply by calling 417-777-2703.
Transitions Hospice anticipates needs, and exceeds expectations.... every time!
Founded in 2007, Transitions Hospice is the leading choice for independently-owned, local hospice services in Polk, Hickory, St. Clair, Cedar, Dade, Greene, Webster, and Dallas Counties! Our volunteers participate in the program in a number of ways, providing companionship, music and pet therapy, beauty services, and even office help! We have a monthly support group for our volunteers, as well as celebrations recognizing the impact our volunteers are making in the community. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our ever-growing team: you should be one of them!