Canines in the Community
Animal therapy can have a significant impact on the lives of senior citizens. Residents of assisted living facilities often do not have the opportunity to keep a pet, which can be a difficult change for life-long animal lovers. The SPCA works hard to make sure that no one is excluded from experiencing the joy that animals bring. Through our Canines in the Community program, well-behaved SPCA dogs visit with residents of assisted living facilities several times a week. The program has been very popular with participating seniors, who love meeting new dogs, and with SPCA dogs, who love meeting new people! Volunteers would need to travel to facilities with dogs and introduce them to residents. For trained dog handler volunteers ages 18 and up.