St. John Ambulance (Therapy Dog Team)

Organization Name: St. John Ambulance
Opportunity Title: Therapy Dog Team
Category: Social and Community Service
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: July 31, 2018
End Date: December 31, 2027

  • Background/police check required
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Training or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog volunteers are passionate about their community and sharing the love that their dog provides to others. Volunteer Requirements We are looking for: Individuals who wish to provide healthcare-oriented volunteer service within their community by using their dog as meaningful engagement tool. Volunteer Age Group: Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Dogs must be a minimum of one year of age or older to be evaluated. Training Pre-requisites: Volunteers: •Must complete an application form •Should be physically and mentally capable of performing the activities that are reasonable for the type of service they are to provide •Must complete a Criminal Records Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search Dogs: •Must be one year of age or older •Accepting of a friendly stranger •Sitting calmly for petting •Walking on a loose leash •Walking through a crowd (including wheelchairs) •Sitting on command/staying in place •React well to another dog or to distractions (noise, jogger, etc) Time Requirement: Volunteers and their dogs are generally expected to provide regular weekly or bi-weekly visits in order to develop a bond with the clients that they visit.

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