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Volunteer Visiting Team

Irish Therapy Dogs

About Irish Therapy Dogs

Irish Therapy Dogs was founded in 2008 by people with a dedicated interest in the use of pet therapy for the provision of comfort and companionship to people in long-term or daily residential care. It is a professional organisation aimed at providing a pet therapy service on a national basis. Irish Therapy Dogs promotes the advancement of education and development of people with special needs through the use of dogs and creates a general awareness of the importance and benefits of pet therapy. Irish Therapy Dogs has undertaken the task of establishing a national network of volunteers who accompanied by their faithful dogs, visit residences where the companionship of dogs is missing.

What's Involved

Irish Therapy Dog's Volunteer Visiting Teams visit Care Centres and Nursing Homes and enrich the lives of residents by interacting with them. Volunteers should have their own dog.

What's required for this position

Applicants should:

  • Have their own dog
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Commit to a weekly one hour visit to a Care Centre/Nursing Home.
  • Have a caring and approachable nature.
  • Have awareness and sensitivity.
  • Be capable of carrying out visits in a positive and discreet manner.
  • Respect confidentiality.
  • Maintain control of your dog.
  • Be prepared to accept that Completion of Application Process will take approximately one month. This is due to the Garda Vetting Procedure

  • Dogs should:
  • Not be a restricted breed.
  • Be house trained.
  • Be vaccinated and preventively treated for parasites.
  • Be well groomed.
  • Be friendly, gentle, confident, patient and at ease in any situation.
  • Enjoy human company and be happy to be petted and handled

  • Please note: there is a €25 annual membership fee
    Further information and download an application form

    • Hospitality/ Befriending
    • Personable Skills

    Level of English required for this role:
    Intermediate English

    Times and commitment required for this role


    Minimum time commitment: 1 year

    Hours required: 1hrs Weekly

    Other Details

    Location of volunteering opportunity:
    Various locations. To be confirmed if and when the applicant has been successful in becoming a Visiting Team.

    Also available in these counties
    Offaly, Louth, Kilkenny, Wexford, Clare, Mayo, Carlow, Westmeath, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - Fingal, Longford, Kildare, Leitrim, Sligo, Wicklow, Galway, Roscommon, Meath, Dublin - South Dublin County, Cork, Donegal, Laois, Tipperary, Waterford

    Screening details for this role:

    • Formal Interview
    • Garda Vetting
    • References

    Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

    • Support/ advice/ recognition
    • Initial induction and training
    • Insurance cover

    Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

    • Mental Health Difficulties

    Age restrictions:
    Over 18

    Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

    • This opportunity is posted by:
    • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
    Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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