Pet Therapy Volunteer for Hospice Patients
Kindred Hospice Care
A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
The Pet Therapy Volunteer serves as an additional support to patients, families and caregivers by making
friendly visits with his/ her certified therapy animal. Visits may occur in the patient’s home or in a
professional care setting (subject to the rules of the facility). Both the Volunteer and the certified
therapy animal provide comfort, companionship and a welcome distraction from the illness. All care
provided by the Pet Therapy Volunteer is outlined in the Volunteer Care Plan and agreed upon by the
Interdisciplinary Group (IDG).
PET: The majority of animals serving in this capacity will be a dog. The dog must be certified/ registered
by an American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized therapy dog organization
(http://www.akc.org/events/title-recognition-program/therapy/organizations/). Other certified/
registered therapy animals will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. All required vaccinations must be
up to date and copies of the vaccinations/ medical evaluation must be maintained in the Volunteer’s
Personnel File; required vaccines include Rabies and Distemper. A copy of the current certification/
registration, in addition to the liability insurance coverage, must also be maintained.
VOLUNTEER: The Pet Therapy Volunteer must have an understanding of Hospice Philosophy and possess
the ability to actively listen and communicative compassionately with patients, families and caregivers.
He/ she must always accompany the certified therapy animal on visits; it is not acceptable for another
handler to accompany the animal. He/ she must have access to reliable transportation. Additionally,
he/ she must:
About Kindred Hospice Care
6845 E. US. Highway 36, Unit 550, Avon, IN 46123, US
To provide compassionate care and extraordinary service to the patients and the families we serve.
If you are searching for a way to make a difference in the lives of others, you belong here. Hospice volunteers are a valuable part of our care team. Based on your interests and preferences, receive specific volunteer training to help improve the quality of life for others.
From providing companionship at a patient’s bedside, to running errands, and from assisting with administrative duties to creating gifts for patients and their families, one of our volunteer coordinators will help you discover the best fit for you.
- Hold a hand, share a story
- Send a card
- Listen, read, or sing
- Make gifts for patients
- Run errands or perform light housekeeping
- Share flowers, bake, or garden
- Administrative office support
- Make phone calls
- Attend community events
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