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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
Moe

My Breed:
Yellow lab mix

My Human Partner:
Tod Yates

I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
2016

My interests, hobbies and talents:
I adore my daily hikes with Daddy, sniffing every square inch of the earth. I must have a bit of hound in my lineage because by my behavior you’d think I was a bloodhound. I also am passionate about playing keep-away from Daddy with every bone and toy I have (he’s so gullible). I’m not much of a hand-shaker, so Daddy taught me to fist bump, which is just cuter than all get out and makes me look really hip. My greatest talent though is tricking everyone in my orbit to rub my belly, and I’m a master at it.

My work at HOV:
I love to visit our HOV and other clients at two memory-care centers on the weekends. When Daddy grabs the vest, I can’t help but do a little tap dance. I’m a little too big to be a lap dog, but when I plop my head down on a patient’s lap and look up at them with my “gosh, I never get petted” eyes, they always fall for it. I seem to get my lovin’ time again and again and again. It breaks my heart when a caregiver or family member says that their patient/loved-one never smiles, so I turn on the charm, hit the lap, and out comes the grins!

Ty

My Breed:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

My Human Partner:
Jane Conrow

I’ve been an HOV Volunteer since:
2017

My interests, hobbies and talents:
Besides food, I love to learn new tricks and compete in obedience trials. There's nothing I like better than retrieving, running through tunnels and jumping over different obedience obstacles. My owner calls it training, but I call it fun—and if I do well, I just might get a cookie!

My work at HOV:
Being a Cavalier, I'm naturally very people-oriented. I rarely encounter a lap I don't like or a person that couldn't use a good doggie cuddle, so being on a pet therapy team for Hospice of the Valley is right up my alley. We get to meet so many wonderful people while doing our visits: patients, their family and friends, as well as facility staff. I love bringing smiles to people's faces. It never gets boring. Finally, between you and me, my owner is a little shy, so I break the ice for her and make it easier for her to meet and talk to new people.

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