Pet Visitation

Do you have a heart for animals and people? Do you have an extremely lovable and well-trained pooch? 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, and reduced stress and anxiety.