You and your pet can make a difference! Become a Pet Therapy Companion with Hospice of Central Ohio

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Looking for a way to share the gift only a pet can give? Do you and your pet have a therapy certification from and accredited agency? This could be for you! With the benefit of you and your pet, patients of Hospice of Central Ohio (HOCO) will experience the evidence-based benefits of the soothing presence and unconditional affection an animal provides. Volunteer as a Pet Therapy Companion with HOCO. Visit a patient with your certified therapy animal on a regular basis. Provide support and employ active listening skills. Document visits and communicate with staff as necessary.

To volunteer join the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) a volunteer program exclusive to Ohio residents in Franklin County ages 55 years and older. We match Volunteers ages 55+ with nonprofits in their community that either need or rely on volunteers to be able to provide their services. Funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and part of AmeriCorps Seniors, VANTAGE Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 years and over. We partner with nonprofit agencies to match these older adults to their volunteer opportunities. RSVP projects link the skills of the Volunteers with the identified needs of the community. We think of ourselves as the 'center hub' for our Volunteers looking for opportunities. We offer many wonderful incentives and perks to our team of Volunteers, this program is free and so rewarding to be a part of

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About RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors


752 High St. #2, Worthington, OH 43085, US

Mission Statement

Promoting a positive perspective on aging.


Our Vision

Every older adult has the opportunity to live a healthy life and age with independence, purpose and dignity.

RSVP Volunteer Program

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) connects volunteers age 55 and older with opportunities to serve their community. VANTAGE RSVP is available in Delaware, Franklin, Summit, Medina, Geauga, Wayne and Hamilton Counties.

As the largest volunteer network for older adults in the nation, RSVP matches volunteers with organizations where their time, interest, talents, knowledge, and experience are most effectively utilized to meet important needs in our community.


Health & Medicine
Animals, Health & Medicine, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Columbus, OH 43220



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


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 55
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteer approx. 8 hours per month (varies with patients' requests/needs).
  • Volunteer must complete a multi-class New Volunteer Training. Visits take place in the patient's residence (private home, facility, other). Pets must come to this volunteer position with a therapy certification from an accredited agency.

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