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We are seeking volunteer pet therapy teams (handler and dog) to visit patients at the bedside, families in waiting areas, and to reduce stress levels among staff. If you feel your dog can demonstrate how to follow basic obedience commands, has the desire and aptitude to be around strangers and other animals, is comfortable in new environments and would pass a veterinarian health screening, your dog may be eligible to volunteer in many capacities. Adults are required to meet volunteer guidelines.
Animals: All of the animals Stanford Health Care uses for its PAWS program must first be certified by Pet Partners. After your animal receives Pet Partners "complex" certification, you are expected to pass additional screenings by PAWS evaluators before you and your animal become a "PAWS team."
Handlers: All human volunteers must pass a series of online compliance modules, medical requirements, and receive Pet Partner certification with their animal before being accepted into the PAWS Program.
Note: This process can take over six months to accomplish.
FREE INFORMATION SESSION
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Palo Alto, CA