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A Paw is What We Are Looking For- Pet Loving Volunteers wanted in Hillsborough County

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Suncoast Hospice | Empath Health

Pet Volunteer Visitors and Pet Peace of Mind Volunteers Wanted-

Specially-trained pets and their owners team up to visit patients and families in our care center at St. Joseph's Hospital, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or patients’ homes throughout Hillsborough County. These pets can make an instant connection, bring joy and comfort and open a door for sharing pet stories and memories.

Eligible dogs, cats, rabbits or other pets must be evaluated and certified before placements.
**Breeds known for aggressive behavior are excluded, including Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Dalmatian, Pit Bull and others.**

Pet Requirements:

  • Proof of pet’s health screening and vaccinations
  • Certification by an approved evaluation organization (fees vary)

Contacts for getting Pet screened:

  • Project P.U.P - "Pets Uplifting People"- provides screening and certification www.projectpup.net
  • AKC Canine Good Citizens - To set up a Canine Good Citizen training class or an evaluation, visit AKC.org and click Canine Good Citizen under the Products and Services tab at the top of the page to find a evaluator in your area, Fees vary by evaluator.
Pet Peace of Mind Program- this program assists hospice patients & families with the care of their beloved pets at a time when they are least able to provide for them.

All volunteers are required to complete Empath Health's Volunteer Orientation and Patient & Family Support training.

***Empath Health Does Not Offer Volunteer Hours for Court Ordered Community Service***

To register for class and verify locations: Please call 727-523-3440. Registration ends three business days before the start of training.

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About Empath Health


5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760, US

Mission Statement

Mission Unified in empathy, we serve our communities through extraordinary Full Life Care for all. Vision Redefine healthcare as Full Life Care. Values Eternally Hopeful Lovingly Truthful Confidently Skillful Profoundly Helpful Courageously Impactful


Our Legacy

Founded as Suncoast (1977) and Tidewell (1980) as true pioneers in hospice care, each of our organizations adapted to change and grew to meet the needs of the community, ultimately evolving to become Empath Health and Stratum Health System, respectively.

We came together as Empath Health in March 2021, creating the country’s largest non-profit hospice and home care-based health care organization. Rooted in the remarkable people that give so much of themselves, we look to further our unwavering commitment to uniquely high standards by now growing together.

Our vision, shaped by inspiration and nurtured by imagination, is now made possible by our collaboration. Together, we will grow to better support the communities we love and are so privileged to serve. Together we can protect our legacy of exceptional care, better strengthen our ability to provide and best solidify our devotion to bringing together the healthcare expertise necessary with the emotional and spiritual support so essential to our shared mission.


Health & Medicine
Animals, Health & Medicine, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Brandon, FL 33511



  • Animal Therapy
  • Bereavement Support
  • Healthcare
  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies according to assignments, flexible.

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