Thank you for your interest in volunteering for us. We are thrilled that you are considering joining our Pals For Life team. Here is some information that will help you.
What types of pets does Pals For Life accept?
We accept dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mini horses and pigs. Do you have another type of pet that you think would be suitable? Let us know and we will discuss.
What are the requirements to become a Pals For Life therapy pet?
All pets must pass our therapy pet evaluation. Dogs must follow obedience commands of sit, stay and come. Dogs must also be comfortable being handled and petted by someone they don't know and not be frightened by loud noises, medical equipment and vacuum cleaners. They must have good manners - no jumping! No mouthing! No grabbing for treats! No barking! Cats and other animals do not need to know obedience commands, but must be able to handle the other testing situations.
My dog has already passed another group's therapy dog test. Must he also pass the Pals For Life test in order to participate in your program?
Yes. Any pet that participates in Pals For Life visits must pass the Pals For Life therapy evaluation.
Once my pet passes the test, what does that enable him to do?
Once your pet passes the evaluation, you will be able to take him on therapy visits that Pals For Life has arranged. The calendar of visits is on our website. You will be able to select from among those visits where you would like to take your pet.
How long are the therapy visits?
Our visits are generally one hour long.
When are therapy visits?
Programs are held Monday through Saturday.
Can my children participate?
Pals For Life volunteers start at age 12.
I don't have a pet. Can I participate in other ways?
Yes! We are always looking for help on our Benefit Committee, Bow WOW Bingo committee and special projects. We welcome community projects that gather donations of cat food & rabbit food for our resident pets, dog treats, paper towels and other items that we need.
I want to get started. What next?