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S.O.U.L. Source of Unconditional Love- Animal-Assisted Therapy Program

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Mercy General Volunteer Services

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The S.O.U.L. program has been active at Mercy General Hospital since 1994. Mercy offers visits by four-legged volunteers and their handlers, to provide love and comfort to the patients as well as the staff and physicians.
The goal of the program is to improve any of the patient's four functional domains: physical, emotional, social and cognitive. Helping to change the patients focus from discomfort to pleasure is an equally important goal.

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About Mercy General Volunteer Services


4001 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819, US

Mission Statement

As CommonSpirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.


Mercy General Hospital, at its current site since 1925, is today a premier destination for cardiovascular services with a long list of accolades. In 2017, the national reporting agency Healthgrades recognized Mercy General Hospital as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiovascular Surgery and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care. Mercy General also received 5-Star Ratings for Coronary Artery Bypass (15 years in a row), Valve Surgery, Heart Attack, and Heart Failure. In 2018, US World and News Report ranked Mercy General Hospital number three in California for Medicare discharges (2014-2016), and ranked in the top 10% of hospitals as high-performing in Aortic Valve, Heart Bypass, and Heart Failure procedures.

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4001 J StreetSacramento, CA 95819



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varied - when available
  • COVID-19 vaccine required to volunteer in patient care areas.

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