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Pet Therapy

Pet Connections volunteer team

Furry friends bring smiles.

You and your best friend can become part of our Pet Connections program. Join our menagerie of dogs, cats, rabbits and miniature horses!

A great therapy animal is friendly, confident, calm and likes visiting people. Dogs should be controllable on a leash, welcoming to strangers, non-aggressive with other dogs and have basic obedience skills. All pet teams must be evaluated and registered with a national pet therapy organization. We can assist you in navigating the registration process. Teams also are required to complete a comprehensive training program.

Pet therapy teams typically visit with patients from one to two hours per week in many different settings: skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, group homes, patients’ private homes, and inpatient hospice homes.

We have 90 Pet Connections Teams! To find out more, call (602) 636-6336.

Meet some of our therapists

Italian Greyhound Poodle

My Human Partner:
Lisa Sanders

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:

My interests, hobbies & talents:
I love getting attention from people. I like to play with toys, cuddle with my mom and even dance. Yes, I dance AND give high fives. I will do anything for a treat. I can also jump high when I want to. One more thing I can do is dog yoga… if you go on your “all fours” (aka tabletop) I will jump on your back- it’s fun for me and my yogi partner!

My work at HOV:
I am so lucky that my mom adopted me when my first family moved. I have a great life and love working for HOV and visiting people. I like making people smile and laugh. They all say I look like a raccoon. I take turns with my canine sister in going out with mom on HOV visits. My sister gets to see the patients who want a super mellow dog on their lap but if they prefer a more active guy with personality plus, I’m the boy for them.

Honey Badger


My Human Partner:
Debbie Kimmick

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:

My interests, hobbies & talents:
My interest is getting dressed up. I have to use all four paws and my tail to count how many dresses I own. I even have several pearl and diamond necklaces. I love going to the mall with my mom and meeting everyone there (I know there are treats behind some counters). I love visiting the neighborhood dogs and remind them, I am the boss. I have 4 wild cats that live in my backyard that I like to play with. I am always with my mom and when she ignores me as she works, I am always next to her desk waiting for her to reach down to pet me.

My work at HOV:
I love visiting the HOV inpatient unit in Surprise. Every time I go I get to meet new people. I love snuggling in bed with HOV clients and letting them pet me. Kids will sit on the floor in front of the windows and play with me. Everyone must love me because they smile when I walk in. I also visit HOV clients and their families in their homes, and make them happy. I’m even one of the 2021 calendar girls with 11 of my other HOV pet friends.

Pet Loss
Support Group

Pets are part of our families. Losing their constant companionship and unconditional love can be devastating. Hospice of the Valley hosts a Pet Loss Support Group for those grieving the loss of their beloved companion.

Pet Loss Support