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Animal Assisted Therapy Volunteers


We continually accept applications for volunteer handlers and therapy dogs.

Animal-Assisted Therapy basic qualifying requirements
If you're interested in volunteering for the Animal Assisted Therapy program, your dog will need to consistently perform the following commands.  These should be accomplished with one command.

  • sit on command
  • down on command 
  • stay and recall on command
  • walk loosely on a leash without pulling
  • get along well with other dogs
  • able to perform these commands without treats

Other requirements:

  • your dog should like people
  • not be overly vocal
  • your dog needs to be at least one year of age
  • handlers must be 18 years or older
  • dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations (we do not accept titers)
  • you must bring proof of current rabies vaccination to temperament testing
  • dogs must be free of all skin problems
  • prong collars, gentle leaders and retractable leashes are not acceptable
  • you and your dog must have completed a group obedience training class within the past 6 months

Prong collars and gentle leaders are not acceptable.

Before you apply, click here and review qualities of an "A+ Therapy Dog."   If you would like to be considered, please complete an application, or call Wendy Yellin at 630-814-7655 for more information.



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