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Seeking exceptionally well trained/well mannered dogs and their loving handlers to visit patients

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ORGANIZATION: Providence Saint John's Health Center

  • 3 people are interested

Want to make a difference & volunteer with your dog? Seeking exceptionally well trained/well mannered dogs and their loving handlers to visit patients in a hospital in our therapy dog program

Do you have a friendly, well mannered, obediently trained dog? Do you want to give back to patients in a hospital setting? Does your dog enjoy being around people it doesn't know? Does your dog do well in busy environments? Do you enjoy interacting with all walks of life?

Want to make a difference in patients’ lives? Come join the Pawsitive Pet Program at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Seeking volunteers to visit in an acute care setting. The Pawsitive Pet Program therapy dogs provide an incredible service visiting with our patients, visitors, and caregivers (staff). These visits are especially meaningful due to the stress of being in a hospital.

We are looking for great handler/dog teams to join the Pawsitive Pet Program. To join the Pawsitive Pet Program you will need to become registered as an official therapy dog team with Pet Partner or already be a registered therapy team with them. Don’t worry if you aren’t one yet; if you meet the requirements and are a good fit for the program, we will help guide you through the process of becoming registered with Pet Partners. All Pawsitive Pet Program volunteers will onboard as Providence Saint John’s volunteers as well.

All we ask is that you visit just twice per month for at least 1 year. The Pawsitive Pet Program volunteer experience is incredibly rewarding for the human as well as the dog. Be warned: it’s a difficult job coming into the hospital; getting pets, being told how adorable you are, and being the best part of someone’s day. We recommend lots of treats to make up for such ruff treatment.

Help bring smiles, support, and healing to those in need.

If you are interested in learning more, please call Karen Stoyer, Coordinator, at (310) 829-8438.

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About Providence Saint John's Health Center


2121 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404, US

Mission Statement

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.


Providence Saint John’s Health Center has been serving the Santa Monica and westside Los Angeles county communities since 1942, and since that time has earned a reputation for clinical excellence and award-winning care in a compassionate and tranquil healing environment.

Today, Providence Saint John’s is a nationally renowned 266-bed hospital with physicians, nurses, volunteers and support staff who work as a team to provide the best possible medical care to its patients and the community. Providence Saint John’s provides the latest in diagnostic technology and specialty care with a strong commitment to its core service lines: heart and vascular care, oncology, orthopedics and women’s health. Saint John’s also is home to the world-renowned John Wayne Cancer Institute, dedicated to clinical research and medical advancements in cancer care.

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who in 2014 passed its sponsorship to Providence Health & Services, Providence Saint John’s is rooted in the Catholic health care tradition, which is devoted to providing leading-edge medicine with unwavering compassion and personalized care. In line with both its Catholic Mission and its responsibilities as a non-profit health care provider, Providence Saint John’s seeks to create healthier communities by investing in community benefit programs, with an emphasis on the poor and vulnerable.


Health & Medicine
Animals, Community, Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


Providence Saint John's Health CenterVolunteer Office2121 Santa Monica BoulevardSanta Monica, CA 90404



  • Customer Service
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • English
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
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