The Red Cross offers free training for volunteers and their pets who are interested in becoming Animal Assisted Therapy volunteers. Pets obtain pet therapy certification (no cost involved) and begin volunteering. Owners and their pets can make visits on their own or as part of a group.
Seven-year-old Cleo was rescued two years ago by her dog dad, Scott. She had been used as a breeder dog and lived alone in a yard with little interaction. Scott is proud to report that Cleo passed the therapy dog international certification program – which usually takes two to three hours – in just 20 minutes, and she has worked with Scott as a hospital’s pet therapy volunteer, mainly on the Oncology/Hospice floor, for more than a year.