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Pet Therapy

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

Meet some of our therapists


Domestic Shorthair

My Human Partner:
Alexis McKenzie

I’ve been an HOV volunteer since:
February 2018

My interests, hobbies & talents:
An ornithologist by trade, I spend much of my day watching birds I can only dream of catching. When not working or volunteering, I find amusement playing with my dog sisters and chasing my cat sister.

Why I enjoy our work at HOV:
I really enjoy volunteering with HOV because I have an abundance of love to give and, I’m an amazingly docile cat. I also love napping in new places with new people.


My Breed:
Shetland Sheepdog, also known as a “Sheltie”

My Human Partner:
Judy Mohraz

I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:

My interests, hobbies and talents:
I’m a former show dog, but I don’t like to brag. Life as a therapy dog is more to my liking. At home I like to herd my family and make sure they don’t wander off. It is a big job but that’s what sheepdogs do!

My work at HOV:
I get excited when my HOV vest goes on. I visit HOV patients’ homes and snuggle up to them and let them know I would like to be their friend. I stay very still and don’t jump about. I’m also sure to pay special attention to loved ones who may be present.

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