Pet Therapy Volunteers

The magic touch of a furry paw.

History and science has long documented the health benefits of pet therapy including lowered blood pressure, improved heart rate, alleviated pain, and increased comfort. In addition, pets benefit the mental and emotional health of patients by lifting spirits, easing depression and encouraging communication and socialization. Sometimes, the simple presence of a pet can provide a connection that human interaction alone could not.

Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) sponsors the VNA Health Hospice Pet Therapy Program, which uses trained hospice volunteers and their own certified pet therapy animals to provide patients the comfort, attention and presence only an animal can give.

Give the gift of unconditional love and join our Hospice Pet Therapy Program. To learn more about how you and your pet can get involved, visit our application page, or call 805.690.6245.