Trinity's Caring Canines Program
What is Trinity's Caring Canines Program?
Caring Canines is a Trinity program that uses specially trained and qualified dogs to provide an opportunity for patients to benefit from interaction. Studies have demonstrated that exposure to therapy dogs can relieve stress, lower blood pressure and relieve depression.
Volunteer owners bring their dogs to Trinity to give patients an opportunity to pet them, brush them and enjoy their company. If the dog is small enough patients can, with permission, hold them in their laps or pet the dog when carefully placed on the bed.
Want to become a Caring Canines Volunteer?
Trinity Volunteer Services team members interview and screen each Caring Canine candidate and owner for the following:
Your dog MUST:
- Be at least one year old, domesticated, obedient, trained and housebroken.
- Have written proof that it has received a certification of completion in a 6-week obedience training program.
- Have yearly documentation of well pet visit from your veterinarian, including current vaccination records and yearly negative fecal exam.
- Have received initial certification from one of our therapy dog observers/testers with annual renewal required.
- Be clean and well groomed.
- All Caring Canine teams must be certified or registered through a therapy group such as Alliance of Therapy Dogs or TD International.
- If not provided by the therapy dog organization, proof of liability insurance is required.
- Any other requirements set by the hospital.
Dog Owner/Handler MUST:
- Interview and be accepted by Trinity's volunteer department.
- Complete Trinity volunteer orientation, receive a TB test, provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and pass a background check.
- Provide proper documentation and certification that all canine requirements are met.
- Agree to participate in annual re-orientation for active volunteers.
- Visit the hospital with your caring canine at least twice per month.
Become a Caring Canine Today
Complete the online application. A team member will reach out to gather some additional information about your favorite canine and help you get started.