Officially interested in becoming a Therapy Team?
Please take a peek at some of the expectations and qualifications we have for our Therapy Teams so you can get a better understanding of what we are looking for.
Qualities we look for in HIP Therapy Animals
- Seeks & enjoys human interaction and meeting variety of new people
- Accepts vigorous petting all over by crowds of people
- If animal is a dog, it should demonstrate good basic obedience skills: controlled leash walking, “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “come”, “leave-it”, neutral around other dogs, no jumping, pawing or mouthing
- Must be comfortable with moving equipment (like wheelchairs, walkers, or other unusual objects) and unexpected loud noises in a variety of environments
- You and your animal must have a strong, positive connection
- Should not be aggressive or show fear towards other animals or people
- Must have a certificate of group obedience training and rabies certificate
- Must be 18 months old and you have owned your pet for six months
Expectations Of A HIP Handler
- Understand, believe and uphold the mission of Hand in Paw
- Provide a positive, warm experience for those we visit
- Uphold all Hand in Paw policies, including confidentiality
- Maintain up to date training, registration and paperwork
- Volunteer on a minimum of two one-hour visits per month
- Bathe or groom animal within 24 hours prior to visit
- A strong desire to serve others in our community with your animal
- The ability and desire to meet new people and make them feel comfortable
- The capacity to work in partnership with other HIP teams and sites
- Successfully pass a background check
- Keen awareness of the needs and behaviors of your animal when around other animals and people
- Maintain timely communication with Hand in Paw staff
Apply for an Anna's Fund Scholarship
If the cost of obedience training creates a financial hardship for you, please apply for an Anna's Fund Scholarship!
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
ROADMAP TO REGISTRATION
For questions about the volunteer process, please contact our Director of Volunteers, Barbara Cole.