Pet Visiting Program

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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

Eligibility

  • 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

Commitment

  • 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 drowse@hbspca.com

Facilities

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*

Facility 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