Volunteer with us
If you are interested in becoming a pet therapy team with us, we would be happy to help you with the application process.
Volunteering with your dog is a very rewarding experience for you both.
What our volunteers have said:
"Rob and Chrissie have been so supportive from day 1 and I feel like I am part of a bigger picture. I also feel they genuinely love my dog as much as I do and want to see us making a difference!"
"The day I decided it was time to become a pet therapy volunteer was one of the best current decisions I have made. Thank you Cariad."
"I wanted to try something different. Volunteering with my dog sounded like a great place to start. I'm so happy, and I've only just started. It benefits us all 100%,"
What attributes must your dog have?
Your dog must be happy and comfortable meeting new people, without being over-excited.
No jumping up, pawing, licking or barking (without good reason!)
Not phased by sudden or loud noises.
Be able to sit and wait, and relax when required to do so.
Follow basic commands.
Be able to walk on a loose lead with a collar (no harness* or extendable leads) *there may be some breed exceptions.
Not to have ever bitten anyone.
Will take food gently.
At least 1 year of age.
Once again - happy meeting new people - not just family members or humans known to them.
What attributes must you have?
To have owned your dog for over 6 months and have a good understanding of his/her behaviour
The desire to help people and to make a difference.
To have some spare time to be able to make visits.
Work well as a team with your dog.
Have a natural empathy towards your dog.
Enjoy meeting new people.
If you think this may be for you please complete the application process shown below:
How to apply:
1. Download the application form and return it to us via email or on the address on the form
2. Send us a video clip of you and your dog, Tell us a bit about him or her via email or WhatsApp or to our Facebook page message facility. If you are having problems doing this just let us know.
If you are having any problems applying please get in touch.
Once we receive your application you may be invited for an assessment of suitability of you and your dog. This will be at a location mutually convenient.
If your assessment is successful we will put you through an Enhanced DBS check and we will take a reference. You will be given a volunteer handbook and induction training. You will also be asked to complete online Safeguarding training.
You will then be issued with ID and volunteer clothing is made available for you to purchase.
We will help you with getting started and to find suitable visiting placements.
There is a £20 registration fee towards insurance, ID and induction training.