The Brenda Strafford Foundation (Pet Therapy Team volunteer)

Organization Name: The Brenda Strafford Foundation
Opportunity Title: Pet Therapy Team volunteer
Category: Social and Community Service
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: February 21, 2023
End Date: December 31, 2029

  • Background/police check required
  • Appropriate for youth (i.e., less than 18)
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Family-oriented volunteering
  • Training or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

Do you have an amazing pet that should be shared with our residents? Do you enjoy sharing your pet’s personality, quirks, and tricks? Is your pet social and loves attention? Then our pet therapy team volunteer is for you. You will be able to discuss your pet with our residents while they are able to interact with your special pet.  The pet therapy team volunteer can provide controlled interactions between their pet and our residents. Calm animals have a calming effect and can aid in feelings of happiness. As well, animals give mental stimulation and sharing some quiet conversation about past memories of beloved pets can lead to increased social interaction. The pet visit must benefit the residents All pets must be always leashed All pets must be in the continuous full control by their owners Owners are expected to clean up, completely and immediately, after their pets Any individual who brings a pet in the manor is completely and solely liable for any injuries or any damage to personal property caused by the animal Any repair or cleaning/maintenance costs incurred by an animal will be charged in full to the owner The Administrator or designate reserves the right to rescind an approval based on pet conduct and behaviour, if concerns are raised and validated by employees, residents, visitors, volunteers or others conducting business within our facilities You will need: To understand the safety requirements and rules of the Brenda Strafford Foundation Sign in and out and track your hours Arrive on time and maintain a professional demeanor with residents and staff Report the resident’s participation to your supervisor for charting on their clinical record In a timely manner, let your supervisor know if you are running late or unable to fulfill your commitment  

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