Animal Assisted Therapy Program

You and your best friend can bring a smile to patients during their stay at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. We welcome your application for participation in our Animal Assisted Therapy Program if you are at least 18 years of age, and if your dog meets the following criteria:

  • Your dog sits and lays down with only one command
  • Your dog stays until you call him or her with only one command
  • He or she walks loosely on a leash and doesn't pull, even when excited
  • Your dog is friendly with other dogs
  • Your dog will perform commands without treats as a reward

We have other requirements, too, that will help you, your pet and our patients enjoy the Animal Assisted Therapy experience.

Your dog should:

  • Enjoy people
  • Not bark or whine
  • Be at least a year old
  • Be up-to-date on all vaccinations, including rabies
  • Not have any skin problems

We also ask that you do not use prong collars, gentle leaders or retractable leashes, and that you and your dog have completed a group obedience training class within the past six months.

Interested in donating to our Animal Assisted Therapy Program? Click here. Be sure to note in the comment field that your donation is for the Animal Assisted Therapy Program.

Volunteer Application

General Information
Name *
Address *
Suite, Apt, etc.
City *
State *
ZIP *
Home or Mobile Phone * ( ) -
Work ( ) -
E-mail *
Occupation *
Employer *
Referred By
Have you ever done dog therapy work? (With your current dog) * Yes
No
If Yes, Where?
Are you currently Dog/Therapy Certified: * Yes
No
If yes, by whom?
Date of Certification:
Dog Information
Dog Breed *
Age *
Dog Birth Date *
Name *
Gender * Male
Female
Spayed/Neutered * Yes
No
Weight *
Has your dog attended any obedience classes? * Yes
No
If yes, where and what level was completed?
Is your dog currently on year around Flea Protection? * Yes
No
What brand:
Heartguard Brand
Veterinarian *
Phone * ( ) -
Does your dog live with you? * Yes
No
How long?
Please include a written paragraph on why you are interested in participating in this type of program. *
VOLUNTEER SHIFTS
All volunteers should be able to work once every other week. *
We currently have the following shifts (Check all the apply):


How much would you like to volunteer?
Number of days/week *
Number of days/month *
Are you a year around resident at the address listed above? * Yes
No
If you have additional questions or need a referral to a good obedience trainer to brush up on skills, please call 331-221-0196.

Training Commitment
Select qualified applications will be invited to have their dog's temperament tested. A $30 tax-deductable, non-refundable fee for the temperament testing should be made payable to the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Handlers and dogs that are accepted into our program will need to provide proof of current vaccinations and attend a three day intensive training and certification course. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital covers more than half of the $300 training fee, meaning that you will only have to pay $125 for training.

Upon the successful completion of your training and therapy dog testing, you will submit paperwork and the additional $35 registration fee to Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. for your therapy registration tags and insurance.

Exclusivity Agreement
Upon passing the training and certification course, all graduates will be contracted exclusively to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. This means that you may not offer animal assisted therapy services at any other hospital, medical facility, or treatment center. For the safety of our patients at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, offering animal assisted therapy services to nursing or retirement homes is prohibited. However, those who complete our program are more than welcome to do presentations with their pet at non-healthcare related venues, such as schools, libraries, etc.

I understand the time and financial commitment involved with becoming an Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Certified dog/handler. I have read the exclusivity agreement and understand that my services are exclusive to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and no other healthcare related venues. I understand that my dog must meet all veterinarian requirements outlined in the pet requirements.

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