Participate in Pet Therapy

Participate

You and your dog

If you have a well-behaved dog that enjoys meeting people, you may be eligible to become registered as a pet therapy team and volunteer with Paws On A Mission (Paws). Dogs are required to:

  • Be at least a year old and have lived in your household for at least six months
  • Be healthy, parasite-free and up to date on all shots
  • Have basic obedience skills (sit, down, stay, come)
  • Be predictable, friendly, gentle and have good manners

To volunteer with Paws On A Mission, you will need to meet Mission Hospital’s volunteer requirements. You and your dog must be registered as a pet therapy team with Pet Partners or Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Before applying to become a volunteer 

To volunteer with Paws On A Mission, you will need to meet Mission Hospital's volunteer requirements.  You and your dog must be registered as a pet therapy team with Pet Partners or Alliance of Therapy Dogs before applying to become a volunteer. 

“Leash-less” volunteer opportunities

You don’t have to have a dog to become involved with Paws. As a “leash-less” volunteer, you play a vital role in assisting therapy dog teams during their visits, helping to ensure safety and acting as a liaison with program participants and facility staff members.

To participate as a leash-less volunteer, please complete the volunteer application process.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please call our pet therapy coordinators at (828)213-1055.