Pet-Assisted Therapy Volunteers
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San Diego Humane Society’s Pet-Assisted Therapy program brings the joy of animal companionship to over 15,000 people in care facilities such as senior living communities, mental health centers, care programs for adults and children with disabilities and juvenile detention centers annually. Our program also reaches college and corporate groups for de-stress activities.
Volunteers work as a team to transport animals to offsite locations, facilitate client-animal interactions and act as ambassadors for San Diego Humane Society by sharing information about our programs and services with the public.
New volunteers are typically recruited on an as needed basis. Interested community members can apply online and attend a Community Engagement Volunteer Info Session to learn more about our organization and see if this role will be a good fit for them. Please review the information below if interested in joining the team!
P-AT Volunteer Requirements
Volunteers myst be at least 21 years of age.
All volunteers must have access to email since most volunteer communication is done via email.
The time commitment for this role is two volunteer shifts per month. Shifts are typically 2.5-3 hours.
Volunteers must be able to drive our P-AT van. This requires volunteers to be at least 21 years old, have a driver’s license and submit their license number for an annual DMV check.
At this time, we are unable to verify hours to meet community service requirements mandated by the court.
Interested community members can apply online and attend a Community Engagement Volunteer Info Session to learn more about our organization and see if this role will be a good fit for them. Please review the information below if interested in joining the team!
How to Become a Volunteer:
If you are interested in applying for a volunteer position please follow these steps:
1. Confirm that you can attend our next Community Engagement Volunteer Info Session: October 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at our San Diego Campus
2. Complete our Volunteer Application here.
Only complete the application if the Info Session date works for you. After applying, you will be able to reserve your spot at our session! Space is limited to the first 30 applicants.
All applicants will go through our onboarding process which includes:
- Online application
- Community Engagement Volunteer Info Session
- Online training video
- In-person hands on training with small pets
This process typically takes 1-2 weeks after the Info Session and is designed to set our volunteers up for success!