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Dog Therapy - making friends & creating smiles with pets

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ORGANIZATION: Assisteo Hospice

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Assisteo Hospice's Volunteer Program, where we make friends and create smiles.

Do you have a certified pet therapy dog and enjoy spending time with the elderly? Has your 'therapy animal’ been through a nationally recognized pet therapy certification program? Or are you interested in seeing if you and your pet could qualify as a therapy animal?

Note: A therapy dog provides socialization, encouragement and joy during short, organized visits. This is very different from being an emotional support dog or service dog, which are long-term, person specific assigned animals.

What do our Pet Therapy teams do?

Assisteo's Pet therapy teams typically visit our patients 1-2 hours per month, for about an hour. Often visits are to skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities (group homes). Pet Therapy dogs have a unique way of changing the atmosphere in a room, putting smiles on faces and bring immense joy to our patients and staff.

What qualifies an animal for Pet Therapy?
The most common dog therapy breeds the Labrador and Golden Retriever due to temperament. However, a dog that is calm, friendly, enjoys being around people and non-aggressive around other dogs/animals, could make for a great therapy animal.

Pet Therapy teams (pet & handler) are required to be evaluated, and certified through a national pet therapy organization, like Pet Partners or Pet Therapy Dogs International. Insurance and vaccinations are also required for the animals.
NOTE: Pet Partners provides the needed insurance as part of their certification dues, which costs about $200 for handler onboarding/training, team evaluation and first two years of registration (including insurance).

Many of our dearly loved hospice patients would love visits from your furry friend. Studies have shown that spending time with animals can

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help people feel emotionally safe
  • Increase happiness and joy
  • Decrease depression & anxiety
  • Provide comfort

If this is of interest to you, joining our Pet Therapy Team could be for you. Pet Therapy Teams provide much needed emotional and practical support to meet the non-medical needs of patients and their families - friendship, support, encouragement, socialization, and companionship... making friends and creating smiles, as we like to say.

You as the handler would also receive hospice patient volunteer training to help make the most of your visits. Not only do our patient care volunteers make a tremendous difference in the lives of our patients, but our volunteers receive so much as well from the time spent with their patients.

One thing that is special about Assisteo Hospice is that we are a Veteran preferred hospice, receiving many of our patients directly from the VA Hospital. In fact, over half of our patients are U.S. Military Veterans.

Our main admin office is in Phoenix, but we provide patient care for most of Maricopa County.

If this sounds of interest to you, I'd like to work out a day/time to connect on the phone to start. I can answer questions, share more details, talk about our on-boarding process, etc.

Thank you for considering being a part of the Assisteo Hospice team.

Brian Hetzer
Volunteer Coordinator
Assisteo Hospice

(480) 544-2128 - cell

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About Assisteo Hospice


2929 N. 44th St, Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85018, US

Mission Statement

At Assisteo, our mission is to provide compassionate, end-of-life care, addressing the physical, social, spiritual, and emotional needs of our patients and their loved ones. With an emphasis on symptom management, our hospice team members will develop a plan of care centered around you and your family’s goals. As we join you in your journey, our hopes are to brighten each day, adding comfort and quality along the way.


Assisteo provides end of life care to those in need of those services. Our staff includes our Medical Director, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Chaplains, Social Workers, Veterans Advocate, Volunteer Coordinator, and Volunteers. What makes our hospice one that stands out from others is the quality of staff, quality of care, and deep and abiding respect for the process that our patients and their families are going through. Patients and families are key and most important component of our treatment team.


Veterans & Military Families
Animals, Seniors, Veterans & Military Families


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Multiple locations Phoenix, AZ 85018



  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Most Pet Therapy Teams see patients 1-2 hours per visit, 2-4 times per month.
  • TB test. Training, evaluation and certification from a nationally recognized Pet Therapy Organization. Insurance and pet vaccinations are also required.

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