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Therapy Dog Volunteer

Organization: St. John Ambulance
Location: Grande Prairie
Cause: Health & Wellness

Description

Mission

To enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service.

Service Delivery Department and/or Program: Therapy Dog Services

Position/Title: Therapy Dog Volunteer

Purpose:

The Program varies across Canada based on community need and the availability of
volunteers. Therapy Dogs routinely offer comfort and companionship in senior residences and care facilities.  In hospitals, they may be providing relief and distraction for patients awaiting cancer treatments. There are special programs such as “Paws 4 Stories” which help young children learn to read, and in some communities Therapy Dogs work with youth at risk and children with special needs. University campus visits are very popular, helping to relieve stress during exam periods. In special cases, Therapy Dogs can be found working with police and fire departments, social workers and psychologists during times of crisis.

Reports To: Community Service Coordinator

Duties & Responsibilities:

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Skills & Qualifications:

  • Therapy Dog volunteers must be very sociable, and enjoy meeting people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Therapy Dog volunteers should be committed, and able to dedicate time on a regular basis to visit
  • Therapy Dog volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
  • A clear Criminal Record Check (completed within the past six months)
  • All dogs must be at least one year old with current vaccinations, well trained and friendly
  • Dogs cannot be on a raw food diet as there is a concern that pathogens may be transferred to those with compromised immune systems
  • Your dog has been with you for at least 6 months

 Time Commitment:

  • Therapy Dog volunteers should be committed, and able to dedicate time on a regular basis to visit

 Required Training & Development:

  • There is no specific training required
  • Have access to opportunities within St. John Ambulance

Additional Requirements:

All potential Therapy Dog teams must pass the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Evaluation administered by a qualified evaluator. Using simulated circumstances, the evaluator assesses the dog’s responses to situations that may be encountered during visitations. All potential volunteers will be required to attend a pre-evaluation information session prior to an evaluation

For more information

Contact Name: Jody Peakman
Phone Number: 780-532-1012 Ext 4104

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