Volunteer With Community Therapy Dogs Society
Thank you for your interest in Volunteering with
Community Therapy Dogs Society
Steps to becoming a CTDS Volunteer
1 Volunteer Application
Please fill out a Volunteer application (link below) indicating the area(s) of volunteering you are interested in. Please include your availability.
Therapy Dog Programs (for details please go to the Our Programs page)
"A program designed to enhance a child's confidence in reading out loud by reading to a therapy dog."
"A program designed to add value to seniors and hospital patients / staff lives through interaction with a therapy dog."
"A program designed for all age groups to help ease stress and anxiety through interaction with therapy dogs"
2 Dog Assessment
After a review of your Volunteer Application should you be successful you will receive an invitation to book your Dog's Assessment.
Dogs being assessed will, at all times, be leashed and accompanied by their handler. There will be no occasion when dogs are to be unleashed. All dogs must be clean and well groomed on arrival at the assessment. If any dog is sick or suffering from any form of physical disability, the assessment will be postponed until the dog is considered fit enough to undertake the assessment. CTDS reserves the right not to assess a dog if the assessor feels the dog is not well, fit enough or clean enough to undertake the assessment.
3 Physical Exam
Prior to being admitted into the programs, as well as passing the assessment, handlers will need to have a veterinarian carry out a medical examination of their dog. Chestermere Vet Clinic, Heartland Vet Clinic and Cochrane Animal Clinic provide free medicals to dogs looking to join the CTDS programs. CTDS will need to have received a copy of the positive examination results before any dog enters any of the programs.
4 Vulnerable Sector Police Check
All Volunteers need to have submitted a current Vulnerable Sector police check to CTDS prior to joining the program(s).