If you are the owner of a well-behaved, friendly dog, and are looking for a way
to give back to the community, Bronson would enjoy speaking with you about
making your furry friend an official Pet Therapy Volunteer.
Is Your Dog Ready for Therapy Dog Visits?
Fill out our Pet Therapy questionnaire to get started.
- Approved dogs include privately owned pets, service dogs and
service-dogs-in-training. Privately owned pets must be 2 years of age.
- Dog and Owner must pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, a 10-part
national American Kennel Club standard obedience, temperament and handling test
given at the end of many dog training classes.
- Letter of recommendation from the dog’s veterinarian commenting on
temperament and the dogs overall health.
- Dog may not consume Raw Animal Protein in their diet including beef,
chicken, pork, fish, raw eggs, or other domesticated or wild animal meat.
- Membership in a National Pet Therapy organization is recommeded, but not
required. These organizations usually have liability insurance coverage as part
of the annual dues.
The following vaccinations must be up to date and checked
- Rabies (annual or triennial)
- Negative Fecal exam for roundworm and hookworm
- The owner applies to be a Bronson volunteer. On-boarding includes:
application, interview, back-ground check, health-screening (immunizations and
TB Test), on-line orientation courses and classroom orientation. Visit this link for volunteer
applications and additional information.
- Minimum age for volunteers is 18.
- After the team passes the CGC test, they will be interviewed and evaluated
in the hospital setting.
- Volunteer owners are responsible for bathing the dog within 24 hours of each
hospital visit and performing a flea/tick checks prior to every visit. Dog must
be well groomed with nails trimmed and filed.
- The volunteer owner must remain in control of their animal at all times.
The animal must be leashed at all times and handled by the volunteer owner who
was tested with the animal. Acceptable collars are buckle, choke chain or
halter. At no time should the animal leave the owner’s sight.
- Volunteer owners are responsible for monitoring animals during the visit to
detect signs of overheating, aggressiveness, elimination needs, etc. If the
animal is misbehaving, the volunteers should leave immediately after notifying