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"Paws for Comfort" Pet Therapy; Owner & Pet needed to visit Hospice Patients

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Encompass Health- Hospice of Albertville

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Encompass Hospice in Marshall County is looking for caring people with gentle and well behaved dogs who want to share the love of their pets in our "Paws for Comfort" program for hospice patients. At this time only volunteers that have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be allowed enter patient’s homes.

Experts concur that pets do extremely well therapeutically. Therapy dogs are "good medicine" for people’s stress and depression by increasing overall emotional wellbeing. A visit from a therapy dog can bring happiness & laughter if even for a short time, taking their minds off problems, pains, and worries. Pets can also be great at redirecting dementia and Alzheimer’s patients reducing behaviors, often rekindling warm memories of pets.

We will train the owner to be a hospice volunteer so both can visit patients together! We have patients who can benefit from visits from furry friends.

Dog requirements are listed below but are not limited to: (a full list can be obtained from Volunteer Coordinator)

  • Certified by a Veterinarian to be medically fit including dental health and to have the appropriate temperament to remain calm
  • Certification from an Obedience School
  • Current with all required vaccinations
  • At least 1 year old and Not in heat
  • Dog must be bathed and well-groomed prior to making visits.

Handler Requirements

Volunteers are welcome to provide assistance during the day, after hours, or on weekends. Volunteer commitment is flexible to volunteer’s schedule.

We provide a comprehensive, free training for all of our volunteers. Volunteers must complete the application and orientation processes, which in include background screenings, a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. Also required is 2-step TB skin test provided at by Encompass. Volunteers must have reliable transportation, must be organized, the ability to multitask and complete written documentation.

Jr. volunteers ages 14-18 may volunteer as long as they are accompanied and supervised by an adult volunteer.

Please contact me if you think you would be interested in volunteering. I look forward to hearing from you today! Crissy H. Faulkner, BSW Volunteer Coordinator

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About Encompass Health- Hospice of Albertville


9044 Highway 431 North, Albertville, AL 35950, US

Mission Statement

At Encompass Health, we are committed to delivering the highest quality care to our patients. From inpatient rehabilitation to home-based care, we’re with our patients for every step of their post-acute journey. Our clinical collaboration and cutting-edge treatments ensure patients receive the best care for their needs at all times. We’re proud to say our approach helps patients achieve better outcomes. We believe integrated care delivery across the healthcare continuum is critical to achieving the best outcomes for patients. We exist to provide a better way to care that elevates expectations and outcomes.


Encompass Health-Hospice seeks kind individuals to support patients and families during a most difficult time.

At Encompass Health we foster a culture of compassion and collaboration encouraging and empowering each employee and volunteer to keep learning and growing together. Our compassionate end-of-life care is provided in the patient’s home, whether that is a home address, nursing home, assisted living community, independent living community or other location. It focuses on the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of both the individual patient and our patients’ loved ones: caregivers, spouses, children, extended family and friends.

Our experienced team understands the complexity of issues and feelings that surround hospice care and end of life. Our care process is designed to maximize our patient’s quality of life and offer our patients and their love ones comfort, support and guidance when facing a terminal illness

Our Goal is to provide a sense of dignity and peace for our patients, while controlling pain, minimizing discomfort and managing symptoms. We also prioritize emotional and spiritual needs, guiding our patients and their loved one through the end-of-life process.

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Encompass Health-Hospice of AlbertvilleVolunteer Services9044 Highway 431 NorthAlbertville, AL 35950



  • Veterinary
  • Animal Therapy
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible to your schedule and time!
  • free training for all of our volunteers and an Volunteers must complete the application and orientation processes, which in include background screenings, a valid driver’s license, 2 step TB skin test

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