Outreach Therapy Pets Volunteer
The Outreach Therapy Pets programme is a joint initiative between the SPCA and St. John. This programme currently operates in Auckland (and the surrounding area), Whangarei, Bay of Islands, Kerikeri, and Kaitaia. It involves volunteers and their companion animals visiting a range of
establishments (rest homes, hospitals, mental health facilities, etc.) with the goal of bringing comfort to those in need. This is done through Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy.
Volunteers who are accepted will receive training and be placed at a facility they can continue to visit (typically weekly or fortnightly) on an ongoing basis.
The Volunteers are given an introductory and training programme. Note: The induction and recruitment can take between 3 to 6 months due to the animals requiring to be assessed by SPCA.
Prior to being accepted into the programme, all animals undergo an assessment that measures their sociability, temperament, obedience and confidence. Unfortunately we are unable to accept animals that show signs of fearfulness or aggression. Animals are also required to undergo a Vet Health Check to ensure they are vaccinated, microchipped, desexed and in good health.
10 volunteers needed