Thank you for being a Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy team! Please use this page as a resource guide for maintaining your therapy team status.
Maintaining Active Status
In order to maintain active status, Animal Therapy volunteers should contribute a minimum of 10 direct contact hours per calendar year. We have found that animals who visit less frequently may not keep up their social skills, resulting in anxiety on their part and less enjoyment for the both of you.
Group and individual visit hours are both considered direct contact (i.e. interaction of your animal with facility residents). Indirect hours are for activities (with or without your animal) that do not involve direct contact with facility residents. Examples of indirect activities would be: shadow visits, representing the program at a community event (e.g. Walk for Alzheimer’s, animal therapy demonstrations, etc.), assisting in a training class, serving on our advisory board, etc.
Reporting Your Volunteer Hours
At the end of each month, you will be asked to report your volunteer hours, including group, individual and indirect service hours. Even though visits may last an hour, please round up to the nearest hour for tracking purposes.
Please use this online form to submit your hours.
The group visitation schedule is posted by the Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy program coordinator here on the website once each quarter. Each month, groups of four to six Animal Therapy teams visit various Leon County facilities under the supervision of a group leader for 20 to 40 minutes. The group leader signs in and out on behalf of the group in order to ensure liability coverage under Pet Partners®.
It is a good idea to let the group leader know if it is your first time visiting a given facility – they can alert you to any special features of the facility. It is VERY important to arrive outside the facility 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled time so the animals can “greet” each other before encountering facility residents.
Typically the group visit takes place in a central location (e.g. activity room, courtyard, etc.) and facility staff members are responsible for bringing interested residents to the designated area. During a group visit, each Animal Therapy volunteer introduces their animal partner, maybe demonstrates a trick or two, and then the team members circulate through the room to interact with the residents.
Download the Group Visit Schedule.