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ORGANIZATION: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Join Cedars-Sinai’s Volunteer Services team so that you and your dog can provide heartwarming and deeply supportive experiences to patients, visitors, and staff members. The Barbara Cowen POOCH Volunteer Program provides animal therapy throughout Cedars-Sinai. Watch our video on YouTube, read below and check out our website to learn more about the POOCH Program: Pets Offering Ongoing Care & Healing Program.

Dog Requirements

  • Must be registered through Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program
  • Pass veterinary medical and behavioral screening exams
  • Demonstrate basic obedience skills. Be house-trained
  • Be current on rabies and distemper/hepatitis/ leptospirosis/parainfluenza/parvo immunizations
  • Submit a fecal sample through Cedars-Sinai prior to starting and every 6 months thereafter

Human (Dog-Owner) Requirements

  • At least 18 years old and, fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Must upload proof of vaccine to application.
  • Submit Adult Volunteer Application
  • Be available for a virtual interview
  • Attend general volunteer orientation
  • Complete initial background check
  • Receive initial and annual health evaluations. Get annual flu vaccine.
  • Purchase volunteer smock/jacket ($30) and POOCH bandana ($15).

Volunteers must successfully complete the Pet Partners process prior to applying to Cedars-Sinai

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About Cedars-Sinai Medical Center


8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, US

Mission Statement

Cedars-Sinai is a nonprofit, independent healthcare organization committed to improving the health status of the communities we serve through: Leadership and excellence in delivering quality healthcare services Expanding the horizons of medical knowledge through biomedical research. Educating and training physicians and other healthcare professionals Improving the health status of the community Quality patient care is our priority. Providing excellent clinical and service quality, offering compassionate care, and supporting research and medical education are essential to our mission. This mission is founded in the ethical and cultural precepts of the Judaic tradition, which inspire devotion to the art and science of healing and to the care we give our patients and staff.


As a volunteer at Cedars-Sinai, you'll help shape an important chapter in someone's life. You'll be providing comfort, assistance and hope--just by being there. Through volunteer work, you connect with your community, build new friendships and bring greater meaning into your own life. That's why Cedars-Sinai has more than 2,000 volunteers who, on average, stay with the hospital for 4 years. Some even stay for decades.


Crisis Support
Health & Medicine
Animals, Crisis Support, Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


8700 Beverly BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90048



  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 2 hours once a month.
  • Be registered through Pet Partners as a certified animal therapy team, Be the owner of the dog

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