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Visit older adults with your pet! (Boston, Brookline, Cambridge)

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ORGANIZATION: FriendshipWorks

  • 22 people are interested

We are looking for volunteers and their pets to bring comfort and happiness to older people in long term care facilities in Boston, Brookline, and/or Cambridge. Dogs and cats are matched with a nursing home or assisted living facility to visit in person on a regular (weekly or biweekly) basis.

Your pet must love people and be at least 18 months old and living in your home for a minimum of 6 months.
All volunteers go through an interview, training and background check. Pets must go through an assessment with an animal behaviorist.

To volunteer: complete a short online application at: https://fw4elders.org/get-involved/volunteer-application.html. To learn more visit www.fw4elders.org

FriendshipWorks was founded 40 years ago to help reduce social isolation, enhance the quality of life, and preserve the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston. This work is accomplished by recruiting volunteers of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds who provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance, and emotional support. Volunteers are critical to helping address the serious health risks posed by social isolation in the elder community, including accelerating brain and cardiovascular aging.

Help us create connections, lead to friendships, and reduce isolation, one elder at a time.

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About FriendshipWorks


105 Chauncy St, Suite 801, Boston, MA 02111, US

Mission Statement

FriendshipWorks, formerly MATCH-UP Interfaith Volunteers, recruits and trains caring individuals to assist elders living in the Boston area. Our mission is to decrease the isolation that too often comes with age and disability, to promote well being, and to enhance the quality of life of elders. We have seen firsthand the difference ongoing companionship and support can make both for our care recipients and our volunteers.


FriendshipWorks offers a variety of support services to elders in the Boston area. We make friendship matches between volunteers and elders. Volunteers often provide companionship, read aloud, take walks, or assist someone with errands. In addition to ongoing companionship, FriendshipWorks provides one-time assistance such as volunteer escorts to and from medical appointments and respite for family caregivers.


Animals, Community, Seniors


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105 Chauncy StreetBostonBoston, MA 02111






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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