St. John Ambulance (Therapy Dog Volunteer Team)

Organization Name: St. John Ambulance
Opportunity Title: Therapy Dog Volunteer Team
Category: Social and Community Service
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: July 13, 2017
End Date: July 31, 2099

  • Background/police check required
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
Opportunity Description:

Program Details

Therapy dog services are provided in a wide range of community settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Seniors residences and care facilities
  • Schools, universities and colleges
  • Community centres and libraries

The therapy dog program provides an opportunity for individuals to:

  • Talk with the volunteer and the dog
  • Feel, touch, pet and cuddle the dog
  • Receive unconditional love from the dog
  • Carry-out or practice an activity in the presence of the dog

The program offers many benefits, improving quality of lives.  Some of the reported benefits include:

  • Greater social engagement with individuals/residents talking more, participating more in activities, and smiling more
  • Stress relief and distraction from pain
  • Comfort and calming
  • Improved self-confidence and esteem

Are you interested in becoming a Therapy Dog volunteer?

We are always looking for individuals who wish to provide health care-oriented volunteer service within their community using their dog to assist.
Therapy dog volunteers must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Physically and mentally capable of performing the activities that are reasonable for the type of service they may be providing
  • Willing to complete an application process and a criminal record check
  • Successfully participate in an evaluation
  • Able to provide up-to-date veterinarian documents indicating that all required vacinations are current.

In order to be considered for the program,

  • Dogs must be at least ONE year of age;
  • Dogs must not be fed a raw-meat diet;
  • Dogs must be on a regular regimen of veterinary vaccinations for rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and adenovirus.
Volunteers and their dogs are generally expected to provide regular visits in order to develop a bond with their designated patients.

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