Volunteers will visit only with animals registered with the Canines for Christ program. Volunteers must be a member of Canines for Christ of Southwest Ohio. As a member in good standing (annual membership dues of $50 paid in full and dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen), you and your pet are covered by a liability insurance policy while volunteering.
Handlers must be at least 16 years of age to make visits alone. If the handler is younger than 16, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during visits.
Volunteers will abide by all policies, procedures and precautions of each facility visited.
Volunteers must be professional and cooperative with staff and patients/residents.
Volunteers will check in/sign in with the staff or supervisor prior to each visit.
Volunteers will check out/sign out with the staff or supervisor after each visit.
Volunteers will follow all rules of privacy and confidentiality.
Volunteers will be on time for every commitment made.
Volunteers will be dressed business casual, adhering to the dress code of the facility they are visiting. Closed toe shoes are required year round.
Volunteers will not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while visiting.
Volunteers will not borrow money or personal items or receive compensation or gratuity from those being visited.
Volunteers will not charge a fee for therapy pet services.
In case of an accident or unusual occurrence the volunteer will, if on a visit, stop the visit, cooperate with supervisor or representative of the facility and contact a Canines for Christ board member within 24 hours of the visit. An incident form may be required to be filled out as well.
Incident reporting: please contact any board member as listed on our web site within 24 hours of any incident. Board members will investigate and speak to involved parties. Any member who is reported as not following the rules, policies or guidelines will be subject to removal from Canines for Christ.