pets making a difference
Volunteer with your pet! Pets make great loving companions to our hospice patients. Dogs big or small are welcome. Your dog does not need to have any special training or certifications to visit hospice patients.
You will be required to provide proof that they are current on their rabies vaccine. Dogs will also need to pass a temperament test where our Volunteer Coordinator will observe and pet your dog looking for indications that they are uneasy or fearful. Most Pet Volunteers visit several patients at one facility. Nursing homes and senior living buildings are often warm so if you have a dog that is particularly sensitive to heat you’ll want to plan your visits accordingly. Dogs that shed a lot should be well groomed before visiting patients. Owners will need to complete the application and training process to be a Companion Volunteer before bringing their pet to visit hospice patients.
Our current roster of transitions hospice pet volunteers
2 year old Golden Retriever/German Shepherd mix
Stella is a happy and sweet dog who loves people and treats. She is escorted by Christine.
13 year old Quarter Horse Mare
Pepper is very gentile, loves attention and long rides through the woods. She is escorted by Transitions Hospice Team member Kim McCaslin.
3 year old Saint Bernard
Chuck is our DIRECTOR OF GROOVY (D.O.G.). He is very cuddly, loving and sweet. Chuck’s favorite treat is Beggin Strips. He spends most of his spare time visiting patients and reporting back to the main office in Huntley. He is escorted by Marilyn and MaryGrace.