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A visit with your pet makes a "Dog-Gone" difference- VITAS Healthcare- University City, MO 63130

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ORGANIZATION: VITAS Healthcare of St. Louis

  • 5 people are interested
VITAS Healthcare Volunteers Rock!

VITAS Healthcare is looking for dog owners to help out as Paw Pals Volunteers. VITAS Paw Pals volunteers visit hospice patients residing at nursing homes and long term care facilities to bring joy and comfort at the end of life. This includes Ackert Park Nursing Home located at 894 Leland Ave., University City, MO 63130. By visiting with your dog as a VITAS Paw Pal Volunteer, you can bring back memories, encourage activity and provide unconditional love to VITAS patients. Your visits leave behind memories of you and your pet, and rekindle thoughts of other pets. All kinds of pets are invited to join VITAS’ Paw Pals Program (dogs are especially welcome). EveryVITAS volunteer receives training in hospice philosophy, how to support patients/families, health/safety precautions and more. We provide comprehensive training and orientation for hospice volunteers. Days and times for volunteering are flexible according to your availability.

Paw Pal Dogs must be well-groomed, well- behaved, at least one- year old, and have up-to-date health/vaccine records. For more information on this exciting opportunity, please contact Emily Jokerst at (314) 682-3434 or at Emily.Jokerst@vitas.com

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About VITAS Healthcare of St. Louis


1801 Park 270 Drive, Suite 150, Saint Louis, MO 63146, US

Mission Statement

VITAS Healthcare recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. By exemplifying the VITAS values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocated and are proactive in meeting the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrates volunteers into the hospice team by actively recruiting, training, supporting and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.


Volunteers are the heart of VITAS Healthcare, providing friendly, non- medical support to hospice patients and their family or offering support services in the office. We are seeking caring and compassionate individuals to volunteers for our patients in their homes or in nursing facilities in the community.


Health & Medicine
Veterans & Military Families
Animals, Health & Medicine, Veterans & Military Families


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Leland Ave.University City, MO 63130



  • Animal Therapy
  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare
  • Veteran Care
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hours a week, flexible scheduling
  • Dogs/cats must have up to date health/vaccine records and be at least one year of age. Pets do not have to be certified therapy animals but do need basic obedience training.

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