Visiting Pet Volunteer- Spectrum Health Hospice


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

750 Fuller Ave NEGrand Rapids, MI 49503

About

Additional Therapy Certified Dogs and Cats needed!

Provide the unconditional love that comes with four feet, warm nose and a furry coat for patients receiving end of life care. Sometimes the most comforting presence is one that has no words but instead offers a warm nuzzle and friendly face and head that wants a pat. You and your favorite human would be assigned to patients in private home and long-term care facilities where patients are receiving hospice care. Visiting pets need to be certified through a qualifying therapy program. (Some of the local West Michigan programs that meet our criteria included, West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Love on a Leash and Therapy Dogs International). If you have not yet been certified - you can contact your local therapy dog program to sign up for the next available class. Humans are encouraged to register their furry friends for certification prior to volunteer training. Volunteers especially needed in Ada, Big Rapids, Caledonia, Fremont, Grandville, Grand Rapids, Holland, Lowell, Middleville, Newaygo and Rockford areas. Note: Volunteers are asked to wait one year after the death of a family member or friend before volunteering.

We offer a flexible Volunteer Orientation!

This training program format will allow candidates to complete some of the required training thru an on-line program at your convenience and provide additional times and locations for the in-person training component. The goal is to shorten the on-boarding process and add more flexibility in the training process making it easier for interested individuals to join our volunteer program.

We will work with you to help you join our volunteer program and start supporting patients thru out our 11 county service area! Contact us to receive more information and application instructions. Call Yvonne at (616)391-4240 or toll free at 1-866-542-7945. Email us at: hospice.volunteers@spectrumhealth.org .

Skills

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

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15 hr volunteer orientaion
  • Dog/Cat must be certified thru credentialed therapy program. Current Vet records must be provided.

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