What is pet therapy?

Pet therapy is a simple program that involves taking our socialized dogs to visit the elderly once a week. This program is in need of a leader or organizer to keep it going and thriving. It helps to speak some Spanish. The elderly often like to talk about the dogs, tell us stories about a dog they had or knew and generally interact. For this program to be effective we need someone to lead it, encourage participation by people with dogs in the community, and be committed to going weekly.

Locations:

  • La Paz, BCS, Mexico

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organize rescatistas (fosterers) with their dogs
  • Ensure all dogs are socialized and gentle
  • Establish routine schedule with Asilo de Ancianos facility
  • Oversee the visit and be cognizant of residents who may be frightened of dogs or not interested
  • Recognize the fatigue of the residents
  • Interact with the residents and other rescatistas and their dogs
  • Direct dogs that may be overactive or having difficult to an outdoor area away from residents

Training:

  • Baja Dogs La Paz Volunteer Orientation
  • Pet Therapy Team Guidebook training
  • On-the-job training

Qualifications:

  • Willingness to support the Baja Dogs mission
  • Familiarity with the culture
  • Sensitivity to institutionalized elderly
  • Basic Spanish to interact with residents and staff
  • Understand of dog behavior
  • Ability to recognize problem behavior in dogs or in residents
  • Punctual
  • Organized

Time Commitment:

  • 3 hours per week. Includes 1-2 hours at the facility each week and 1-2 hours organizing rescatistas, volunteers, and dogs.