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Pre-requisites to join PALS

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Thank you for your interest in joining the PALS team! Below is information to read before you fill in your application.

There are some specific details that you need to know before you complete that application. After reading the information below, if you have any question please contact the office at 403-250-7257.

Pre-requisites for joining the PALS Programs:

  • animals fed a raw diet may be eligible to visit at select facilities, check with the office (click here for the related policy)
  • animals must be reliably potty trained
  • animals must be leash trained and on a leash at all times
  • animals must be healthy in order to be evaluated and to visit.
  • animals must have a current rabies vaccination or 
  • animals should have basic obedience, including sit, down, stay, drop it, leave it and walk on a loose leash
  • animals should have no history of aggression towards other companion animals or people
  • adult animals that are new to your family must be in your household for a minimum of 6 months before you can submit an application for them to become a PALS pet. This is so you and your pet can develop the relationship necessary to be a cohesive PALS team

 

What makes a great PALS pet? Ask yourself these questions

  • Is your pet comfortable being in a group of people?
  • Is your pet comfortable with small crowded rooms?
  • Is your pet people-oriented, friendly and confident?
  • Will your pet initiate contact, make eye contact with strangers and allow their attention to be redirected?
  • Is your pet able to handle stressful situations?
  • Is your pet able to meet new people without becoming excited and jumping up on them?
  • Is your pet able to be in a group of animals without becoming excited or wanting to play over their job of visiting?
  • Is your pet comfortable with being touched, sometimes awkwardly, all over their body?
  • Is your pet able to disregard food on trays, or responds to the commands ‘leave it’ and ‘drop it’

What does the New PALS Evaluation look like? Click here to find out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill out the volunteer form

This form needs to be filled out and submitted whether you would like to become a pals therapy visitor with your pet, or whether you would just like to man the hot dog stand at a fundraising event. This is the first step in your application. There is an online form or one you can print and fill out on paper. go >>

Dog history application

Along with the PALS volunteer form, you will need to fill out this form for you dog if you wish for him or her to participate in pet therapy visits. There is an online form or one you can print and fill out on paper. go >>

Fill out the cat (or other animal) history form

Along with the PALS volunteer form, you will need to fill out this form for you cat if you wish for him or her to participate in pet therapy visits. There is an online form or one you can print and fill out on paper. go >>

Our Approval process

Once you've submitted all of the required forms, find out how we approve our volunteers and what you can expect or do to help the process. go >>