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Hospital/Care Home Therapet Visitors

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Volunteers with happy, healthy pets are needed to make regular visits to the elderly, children and those with disabilities deprived of normal everyday contact with pets.

Those interested in registering for the service are assessed and their pets vetted. Most Therapets and their volunteer owners visit day care centres, hospitals and homes for the elderly close to where an owner lives and are matched to a venue that suits their pets own personality.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Therapet service offers cheer and comfort to those deprived of normal contact with pets. It is operated by Canine Concern Scotland Trust, which also promotes responsible pet ownership through school visits and presentations.










1 hour per week, minimum commitment of 1 year.


Experience required: Bright, outgoing but empathetic and friendly. Experience of working or caring for disabled or elderly people helpful but not essential.
Travel details: Visiting opportunities exist in hospitals, care homes and day centres across the Borders. Volunteers are matched to venues as close to their homes as practicable but it is useful if volunteers have their own transport too, though not essential.
Minimum age: 18


Training details: Therapet rep attends first few visiting opportunities to provide on the job training, support, and is available to support the volunteer via e-mail thereafter.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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