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.