If you and your pet love to promote wellness in others, consider joining the Hamilton/Burlington pet visiting team.
If you care about the wellness of seniors, reducing anxiety among students, and encouraging socialization among children and youth with special needs, consider engaging our volunteers and their furry friends for animal touch and petting.
Pet visiting brightens days for seniors in their home, students at colleges and universities and children and youth with special needs, some with autism.
Hamilton/Burlington SPCA volunteers and accompanying dogs spend time with children, youth and seniors and provide touch time with the animals. These opportunities have tremendous wellness value added. The benefits of animal touch, petting and social interaction include:
- increased mobility
- reduced stress, depression, and loneliness
- increased self-esteem
- Dogs must be at least one year of age, spayed or neutered, up-to-date with vaccinations (rabies and DH2PPV), and travel well in cars.
- Animals must be in good overall health (you may be asked to provide a letter or certificate of health from a veterinarian).
- Handlers must enjoy interacting with individuals of all ages and abilities,
- Handlers must have good communication and control of their animal. The animal should be reliable, under control, well behaved and confident.
To determine if your pet may be suitable:
Download our expected behaviour checklist
- At least a six-month commitment
- At least 1 scheduled visit per month. Visits are 2 hours (including travel time).
- All pets and handlers must undergo an assessment for suitability
If you and your dog are interested in becoming Pet Visiting volunteers, please contact Volunteer Services at email@example.com
Please see below for a list of the facilities we currently visit and our visit schedule.
*Note: Our waiting list is currently closed. We are not adding new facilities to our visit schedule*
|Abington Court Retirement||2nd Friday of every month – 9:45-10:45am|
|Able Living Services||Every Tuesday – 10:30-11:30am|
|Baywoods Place||Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month – 6:15pm-7:15pm|
|Blackadar Retirement Res and Long Term Care||1st Friday of every month – 1:00-2:00pm|
|Dundurn Place Long Term Care||4th Tuesday of every month – 10:00-11:00am|
|Heritage Green||3rd Thursday of every month – 10:45-11:45am|
|Joseph Brant Wellness House||1st Friday of every month – 10:30-11:30am|
|Lynwood Charlton Centre: Forest Avenue Site||2nd Wednesday of every month – 7:00-8:00pm|
|Macassa Lodge||1st, 2nd, 4th Monday of every month – 10:30-11:30am|
|3rd Monday of every month – 1:30-2:30pm|
|McMaster University||2nd Wednesday of every month – 1:30-2:30pm (September-April)|
|Mount Albion School||Every other Thursday – 9:15-10:15am|
|Orchard Terrace||2nd Monday of every month – 9:30-10:30am|
|Orchard Terrace Long Term Care and Retirement||2nd Monday of every month – 9:30-10:30am|
|Pine Villa||2nd Friday of every month – 2:00-3:00pm|
|Queen’s Garden||3rd Tuesday of every month – 1:30-2:30pm|
|Ridgeview Long Term Care||4th Monday of every month 10:00-11:00am|
|Salvation Army Lawson Ministries||2nd & 4th Friday of every month 10:30-11:30am|
|Salvation Army Meadowlands||1st Monday of every month – 2:00-3:00pm|
|SAM Central||3rd Friday of every month – 10:30-11:30am|
|SAM East||2nd Thurs for 1/2 hr – 40 mins|
|St. Elizabeth’s Villa||3rd Tuesday of every month – 10:30-11:30am|
|St. Joseph’s Villa/Orchid Garden||3rd Thursday of every month – 2:00-3:00pm|
|St. Peter’s Residence Chedoke Elm & Dogwood||2st Wednesday of every month 10:30-11:30am|
|St. Peter’s Residence Birch & Cedar||2nd Wednesday of every month – 1:30-2:30pm|
|VON Day Program||2nd Tuesday of every month – 2:00-3:00pm|
|Wellington Park Long Term Care||1st Tuesday of every month – 10:00-11:00am|
|Westmount Terrace||Sundays – 10:30-11:30am|