VITAS invites friendly and well behaved pets to join the Paw Pals program! A registered VITAS Paw Pal volunteer can offer comfort, bring back memories, encourage activity and provide unconditional love to terminally ill patients and their caregivers.
Paw Pals must be well-groomed, polite, have up to date vaccines and be at least one year old. They will also need to pass a basic assessment for behavior, temperament and ability to follow basic commands.
Human volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will trained to work with hospice patients and families.