Volunteer Without Your Dog

Volunteer Without Your Dog

Animal lovers can volunteer as escorts for Doylestown Health's registered pet therapy teams.

Animal Escorts

An animal escort is a Doylestown Health volunteer who acts as an ambassador, introducing a registered therapy dog to patients, visitors, and staff. Escort training reviews procedures to determine whether or not a patient is cleared for a visit with a therapy animal, and steps to ensure that animal interactions are pleasant, safe and sanitary.

Download an Animal Escort Assignment Guide

Time Commitment

Volunteering as an animal escort is not a big time commitment. A dog typically spends about an hour on each visit to the hospital. The Volunteer Office places escorts with animal teams based on mutually convenient weekday, evening or weekend schedules.

Animal Escort Application Process

  • Application, including references
  • Tuberculosis screening and flu shot completed by a Doylestown Health clinician
  • Security clearances: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, Child abuse, and FBI Fingerprint Clearance
  • Volunteer orientation
  • Animal escort briefing and demonstration

Contact the Volunteer Office

Questions about volunteering without a dog? Call the Volunteer Office at 215.345.2204.

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