Therapy dogs bring comfort and smiles to thousands across the country, visiting schools, hospitals, and hospices to spread their special brand of canine wisdom and good cheer. Jacksonville Community Hospice is currently seeking therapy dogs to participate in their volunteer program and visit their residents, many of whom are in need of the kind of company and compassion therapy dogs provide.
If you have a dog that you feel would make an excellent therapy dog, many organizations exist to help you and your canine receive the necessary training to receiver therapy dog certification. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs can come from a wide variety of breeds and mixed breeds – only their personality/temperament and their ability to obey commands truly matter, not their size or genetic background. For determined handlers with calm and responsive dogs, training may be quick and easy, although for those without previous obedience experience, mileage may vary!
Right now, many organizations, including the hospice, are dealing with a greater demand for therapy dogs than they have ever experienced before. If you are a therapy dog handler and want to be involved, please contact Jacksonville Community Hospice. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community!