Pet Therapy

Pet therapy teams have helped hospice patients at Willamette Valley Hospice for nearly a decade.  Thanks to a generous local donor, we are working to expand our pet therapy program.

Willamette Valley Hospice can train and certify new pet therapy teams at no cost to the volunteer with a 6 month commitment to serve. Training is offered regularly and pet therapy teams are certified through a variety of local training organizations. Become a pet therapy team, and you can serve in your own community and on your own schedule. Have questions? Just call our volunteer coordinators at 503-588-3600.

Steps to becoming a Pet Therapy Team at Willamette Valley Hospice:

1. Register for and attend a Willamette Valley Hospice volunteer training session (usually 1 day). More information about volunteer training and requirements can be found here.

2. Attend a local pet therapy training and certification program.  Local trainers include My Dog’s Gym (which certifies through Pet Partners)Paws for Love, and Pure Joy Canine Therapy plus Cats.

3. Successfully complete the testing to receive your certification.

4. Get assigned your first client to visit!

Call our volunteer coordinators at 503-588-3600 for more information.