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

Meet some of our therapists

Yellow Labrador Retriever

My Human Partner:
Lindsay Swingle

I've been an HOV Volunteer since:

My interests, hobbies & talents:

I have a dual major: I am a certified Service Dog for my mom, Lindsay, and I am also a therapy dog. My job duties as a service dog include opening doors, helping Mom when she falls, and retrieving items for Mom. It may sound like a hard job, but it’s easy for me. I love to wait and hear what I may do next to help my mom.

When I’m not doing either job, I enjoy visiting with neighbors, running in the forest, playing ball in the yard, and pulling ALL of my toys out of the toy box.

My work at HOV:
When I am doing my therapy duties, I especially enjoy working with Hospice of the Valley and visiting our patients in the group home where they live. In addition, I get to visit other friends in special-ed classrooms, a local hospital, and even a library where I simply sit back and listen to children read to me. This so-called working stuff is the life!


My Breed:

My Human Partner:
Freida Sherman

I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:

My interests, hobbies and talents:
I love people. It’s my greatest pleasure to say hello to each and every person when I go for a walk, shopping or visiting friends with my mom and dad. Getting a nice scratch behind the ears and a compliment on how cute I am makes me even happier. Sometimes I need to speak a little to alert my 2- legged friends that I want more snuggling, attention or a treat. My favorite activity when at home is to sit on the top of the sofa looking out the front window at the people walking down the street past my home. I’m a very brave guardian barking at all who pass by. Somehow my courage is diminished when I meet any dog who is bigger than me. My tricks include rolling over, dancing and crawling. Being rewarded with a dog biscuit makes my performance even better.

My work at HOV:
The job at Hospice of the Valley was made for me. All I do is make people smile and feel happier. So easy! The people I visit sometimes pet, scratch, chat or just gaze into my big, dark eyes. Sometimes I’m invited to sit on someone's lap or lie next to them on their bed. I visit people in private residences, nursing facilities and HOV units. My goal is to bring a little happiness into someone’s day. Visiting HOV patients certainly makes me feel great too!

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