Pet Companion Volunteers
Goal: "Patients experience the unconditional love of an animal"
Reward: "To enlarge your own capacity for letting yourself be loved."
Description: Pet Companions bring pets to provide a presence with patients. Pets are the epitome for showing us that it’s not just about what you do, it’s how you do it. When pets are used as a healing tool they can decrease patient stress, anxiety, and pain and increase the patient’s sense of warmth and love. All pets must be certified in pet therapy training, have up-to-date health records and insurance. Volunteers are expected to make a commitment to visit their patient once a week for one-two hours.
Volunteers are provided free training, a training certificate, and can work flexible hours that suit their individual schedules. Volunteer training blends ancient wisdom with contemporary practices.
Volunteer Training is required and is offered on a quarterly basis at the Bloomington office. Volunteers who make visits with a pet must have appropriate documentation (including pet therapy certification) for their pet.
*Out of respect for the grieving process, if you are a surviving family member, we encourage you to wait thirteen months following the death of a loved one, to serve as a direct care volunteer or in public relations activities.