Become a Volunteer Visiting Team

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Would you and your dog like to volunteer to become a Visiting Team?

If you have a dog you think may be suitable as a therapy dog and if you have the time to commit to the work, apply to become a Volunteer Visiting Team.

To Become a Volunteer Visiting Team

Volunteer should:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Commit to a weekly one hour visit to a Care Centre.
  • 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. 

Dog Requirements

Dog should:

  • Not be a restricted breed
    • American Pitbull Terrier.
    • Bull Mastiff.
    • Doberman Pinscher.
    • English Bull Terrier.
    • German Shepherd (Alsatian).
    • Japanese Akita.
    • Japanese Tosa.
    • Rhodesian Ridgeback.
    • Rottweiler.
    • Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
    • Cross-breed of these dogs
  • Be one year or older.
  • 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

Download Application and Electronic Vetting Inviter Forms

Irish Therapy Dogs will make every effort to appoint Volunteer Visiting Teams to a Care Centre located as conveniently as possible to their home.

Annual Membership  €25. 

Pay Membership Subscription online