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.
Domestic medium-haired cat
My Human Partner:
I've been an HOV Volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies & talents:
Hi! I'm Noel and I may look like a cat, but my mom thinks I have some dog in me, too. At home you'll find me on her lap, snuggling my dogs, or flying through the air to catch a feather toy or laser mouse. I love dogs of all sizes and teaching them to respect cats. I have trained lots of foster dogs and cats the rules of the house.
My work at HOV:
My job with Hospice of the Valley is so much fun, it doesn't even feel like work! I go anywhere near and far. Wherever there is an avid cat loving client missing feline love—private homes, group homes and nursing facilities. There's nothing I love more than a warm lap and I'm so happy meeting new friends. People don't expect cats to be so friendly and I love changing their impressions. I even let them rub my belly!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
My Human Partner:
I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
My interests, hobbies and talents:
I am a retired champion show dog and former mama. I still love to see a new puppy occasionally, but now that I am retired, I am always glad it belongs to someone else. I love my morning walks and hunting in the backyard. I am an excellent 'huntress!' I like to help my dog mates find lizards, geckos and even mice. We even once discovered a King snake! It was a bit too big for me, so I left that one alone. But I am proud to say that I have been able to capture many little critters in my time. I am faster than the others in my pack and once I capture my prey, I really don't like to let it go.
I love people and meeting new humans. I like it when they hold and pet me. I also love when someone plays the piano---- never fails to get me to fall fast asleep. Who doesn’t like a good nap?!
My work at HOV:
I love being a Hospice of the Valley Pet Connections therapy dog. When I put on my blue HOV vest, I know exactly where we are going, and I am excited to be doing such important work. When we go on a visit, I trot right in the door with my best strut, knowing that I am doing good deeds that are most appreciated by all. I am a mellow cavalier and sit quietly while someone greets and loves on me. I love to sit on their lap, or just let them pet me if that is what they prefer. Most people love to hold my ears since they are so smooth and silky.
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.