Where volunteers bring canine companionship to our patients, visitors, staff and physicians. Love on a Leash teams are certified through the Delta Society Pet Partners program. This is an exciting program at Robinson Memorial that strives to enhance the experience of patients and visitors through dog visits.
All volunteer dog teams at Robinson Memorial are required to pass an evaluation through the national organization Pet Partners (deltasociety.org) to ensure that the dog is appropriate for visiting in a health care setting. Volunteers are also screened through Volunteer Services, oriented to the hospital and trained specifically in making animal visits.
When do volunteer handler teams come to Robinson Memorial Hospital?
Teams may visit at any time during patient visiting hours, 7 days a week. If you need a flexible schedule, this may be for you! Active teams are asked to commit to visiting a minimum of two hours per month.
How can my dog become a Love on a Leash visitor?
How do I become a Love on a Leash volunteer?
- Your dog must be at least one year old, and have lived with you for at least six months. Handlers must be at least 18 years of age to visit alone.
- Your dog needs to exhibit have good obedience skills:
- Remains relatively disinterested in the presence of a neutral dog
- Enjoys being petted and handled by many folks at the same time
- Not bothered by a finger hooked in their mouth, or loud, sudden noises
- Does not exhibit any stress reactions during these activities
- Your dog does not: growl, bite, bark, whine, chase, attack or attempt to jump on a person or another animal.
You may call the Robinson Memorial Hospital Volunteer Services office at (330) 297-2591 to express your interest and inquire about upcoming evaluation opportunities.
After your dog passes the Pet Partners evaluation, you then apply for Pet Partners membership and complete a hospital volunteer application. The application process includes a reference check, 2-step TB test and orientation class. You will be assigned a mentor to guide you through individualized training and observation until both you and your dog are ready for independent visits.