Associate Roles - Pet Visitation
Do you have a heart for animals and people? Do you have an extremely loveable and well-trained animal?
Pet Visitation may be just the volunteer position for you!
Pet visitation is an informal program of pets visiting people in need of companionship. It involves regularly scheduled visits from screened and trained pet-owner teams to elderly, sick and disabled residents of long-term care and acute care facilities. It has been shown that there are many health benefits accompanied by the visit of an animal including the following:
- increased physical and social activity decreased aggressive or hyperactive behavior
- increased ability to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation, relief of depression and disorientation
- improved morale, self-esteem, self-confidence and self-respect, lowered blood pressure
- reduced stress and anxiety
**Please note: All volunteers and pets must attend the St. John's Ambulance Pet Therapy training program. Once complete, St. John will send a referral to the requested site the volunteer wishes to be at.
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