Ways to Give
Pet Therapy Volunteer
What is Pet Therapy?
Whether your dog is a tiny Yorkie or a lovable Great Dane, it's quite clear that visits from specially trained doggie friends provide cheer, brighten a stressful day, and help our patients, visitors, and staff relax. These caring canines offer comfort and diversion at the bedside for adult and pediatric patients alike.
St. Luke's Pet Therapy Program provides visits Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings, upon special request, and at certain St. Luke’s events. During visitations, dogs must be clean, neat, friendly, and ready to socialize. Handlers need to be personable, engage in conversation, and monitor conditions of the visit. After achieving 50 hours of regular visiting time, a team can train to visit at any of our St. Luke’s Mountain State Tumor Institute (MSTI) sites.
St. Luke’s Pet Therapy volunteer teams (dog/handler) must be at least 18 years old and registered team with Therapy Dogs, Inc. (TDInc.) to actively participate in pet therapy activities in the community. For more information about TDInc. please visit therapydogs.com.
The contacts listed below can help you with the TDInc. rgistration process and provide further information and guidance to becoming a St. Luke’s Pet Therapy volunteer. Please contact one of these people before beginning any other part of the application process.
Pet Therapy Contacts
|Candy Krueger, Coordinator||861-8510||Tom Aronson, Tester||340-9331|
|Karen Baker, Tester||407-6186||Jeff Stoppenhagen, Tester||887-7939|
|Wendy Stevens, Tester||424-1382|