Volunteers

Therapy Dog Program


Arkansas Hospice recognizes the positive influence that pets can have on patients. As a result, we have a thriving Therapy Dog Program that offers volunteers with certified therapy dogs the opportunity to visit patients in nursing homes and our inpatient facilities.

Not to be confused with service dogs, therapy dogs help patients by simply visiting them. These special dogs have an ability to connect with and bring joy to all kinds of people, even those who are normally unresponsive or disconnected from their environments. Good therapy dogs are quick learners with loving, easy-going personalities and can stay calm in unusual or stressful situations.

To participate in our Therapy Dog Program, the dog’s owner or handler must be a trained and certified Arkansas Hospice volunteer, and the animal must:
  • Be a minimum of 1 year old.
  • Be healthy.
  • Be friendly.
  • Be accompanied by an adult when handlers are younger than 18, with a registration form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Pass an evaluation that is certified by a national organization, such as Therapy Dogs International, Pet Partners or Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

 
2017 Therapy Dog & Friends Calendars now available

Each year, our therapy dogs are showcased in our Arkansas Hospice Therapy Dog & Friends Calendars. This colorful fundraiser features a different therapy dog every month, while each day of the year is brightened with a photo of a pet submitted by a member of our Arkansas Hospice community. Copies of the 2017 calendar are now available. Please visit our Volunteer News page to learn more.


Contact us for more information.