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Volunteer Opportunity - Volunteer with Your Pet in Nursing Homes Health

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Last updated on August 12, 2014

Don't want to leave your dog behind but would like to volunteer and give back to the community? Become a PetPals Volunteer and you and your dog can visit elders living in a nursing home in the Boston/Brookline area.

PetPals is a remarkable program that brings the unique healing power of the human-animal bond to isolated nursing home residents. We work in cooperation with the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

To apply online:

We ask a commitment of 2-4 hours a month to visit either weekly or every other week for at least 6 months. A volunteer-dog screening is required to test for obedience and reaction to nursing home stressors. Dogs are required to have a physical exam and a fecal test before placement in a nursing home.

This opportunity is sponsored by: FriendshipWorks, Inc.

This volunteer opportunity is available to the following types of volunteers
Older Adults  Individual
Adults (26-54)  Young Adults (18-25)
We need volunteers who are free at these times
Afternoons  Weekdays
Mornings  Weekends
Frequency Available
This volunteer opportunity addresses the following social interests
Animals  People with Disabilities

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Contact Person:
Ellen Kirchheimer, PetPals Coordinator, (email)
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 105 Chauncy Street - Suite 801
Boston, MA 02111
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 If you are driving by car from the South you would take 1-93 going North to Boston. Take exit 20, bear left at the fork in the exit ramp (Do not get on the Mass Pike) and then turn LEFT onto KNEELAND ST. You would then turn RIGHT onto WASHINGTON ST. and then turn RIGHT onto ESSEX ST. Take a LEFT onto CHAUNCY ST. If you are driving from the NORTH you would take 1-93 South to Boston and then take Exit 21 towards KNEELAND ST./CHINATOWN. You would Merge onto SURFACE RD. (.1 miles) and then turn RIGHT onto KNEELAND ST. (.2 miles). You would turn RIGHT onto WASHINGTON ST. (.1 miles) and then turn RIGHT onto ESSEX ST. (.1 miles) and turn LEFT onto CHAUNCY ST. (>.1 miles.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Chinatown (Orange), Downtown Crossing (Red), Boylston (Green),
  Walk distance (in minutes): 3-6 minute walk from all of the above T Stops
  Nearest Bus Stop: Silver Line, 3-6 minutes minute walk

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Last updated on August 12, 2014

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