Important! Please do not apply until the requirements above are met.
Attention! We do NOT verify hours for court mandated community service, as TPU staff members do not accompany volunteers on visits and therefore can not verify that the hours were actually worked.
A therapy pet is born, not made. A pet can be taught proper behavior, but a pet's inherent temperament cannot be changed.
When a pet is put under stress, a poor or marginal temperament will surface.
A therapy pet must have a rock-solid temperament. This means that the pet should be outgoing and friendly to everyone: men, women, and children. A dog should be friendly toward other dogs (of both genders) and non-aggressive toward other pets. Cats and other species don't necessarily need to be dog friendly, but must not react strongly when in the vicinity of a dog. Before you consider having your pet evaluated, ask yourself if your pet has these qualities. All volunteer teams (owner and pet) will go through an evaluation before registering as a therapy team. This vital safeguard protects the team as much as it protects others. If you know in your heart that your pet is not suited for therapy work, don't let the fact that this is something you've always wanted to do dictate your actions. Pay attention to what your instincts about your pet are telling you.
Attention! Volunteers may not visit at their place of employment or residence. It would cause a conflict with insurance.
TPU volunteers may only visit facilities that have registered with TPU. Once requirements are met and
you are an "official" volunteer, you may request to be assigned to a facility that has registered with us.
While we will do our best to accommodate and assign you to your first choice, we can't promise that.
We reserve the right to assign where there's the most need.
Contact Tina Chase TinaC@TherapyPetsUnlimited.org
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