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How to become a Volunteer Visiting Team?

Could your dog bring comfort and joy to people in Care Centres?

Irish Therapy Dogs will make every effort to appoint successful applicants to a Care Centre located as conveniently as possible to their home. (Our service is nationwide).

  • 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 time.
  • Successful Applicants’ Membership – €30 Annually
  • 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 Volunteer Application Form/Garda Vetting Inviter form & Information.

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