"Visiting Wag Team" - befriending an older person with your dog

You and your special dog could make a huge difference to the lives of older dog lovers in your community by becoming a "Visiting Wag Team"

We are the only visiting dogs charity befriending older dog lovers in their own homes as well as in care or in hospitals

Many of our elderly friends are bereaved and isolated and miss the company of a dog. It only takes an hour or two most weeks for a chat and a furry cuddle, to make a difference

  • Your dog must be at least 18 months old, have a good temperament and level of behaviour and enjoy being handled

Most Wag Friendship Dogs are normal cuddle monsters not obedience champions, but obviously it's important they are under control and pass our assessment. To see if your dog would enjoy volunteering, why not take a look at our "suitabiity and assessment criteria"

You must have had your dog for at least 6 months, feed dog food or cooked - rather than raw - meat and be happy to follow our "veterinary guidelines" which comply with national standards for visiting dogs

Skills

  • Be over 18
  • Be the dog owner
  • Be prepared for your dog to under go and pass assessment
  • Be flexible to support the person/s you are selected to visit

Details

  • Age restrictions
    Over 18's
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 19/04/2022

End Date: 26/12/2023

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