Become a Pet Therapy Team


Thank you for your interest in Pets and Friends and our Pet Therapy Program! We are always looking for individuals who are interested in sharing their pet’s unconditional love.


Pet Requirements
  • Be one (1) year of age or older.
  • Be owned by and have lived with their handler for a minimum of three (3) months.
  • Have up-to-date vaccinations for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza.
  • Receive annual veterinary checks.
  • Be clean, healthy and well groomed (odor free, nails clipped and filed, teeth brushed).
  • Be friendly, social and enjoy meeting new people.
  • Successfully complete the Pets and Friends Pet Screening/Evaluation.
Handler Requirements
  • Be at least sixteen (16) years’ old.
  • Submit to a criminal records check.
  • Be willing to complete the application process.
  • Provide and comply with pet vaccination requirements.
  • Commit to a regular volunteer visiting schedule for a minimum of one (1) year.
  • Reside in the Lower Mainland.

Please note: Pets and Friends is unable to certify your pet as an emotional support animal or accompany you to your place of work.

Find available volunteer opportunities here.

If you meet our eligibility requirements and would like to be the first to know when we are ready for new pet therapy teams, please fill out the expression of interest form below. Note this is separate from the application to become a pet therapy team.

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Did you know…

As a recognized AKC and CKC Therapy Dog Program, Pets and Friends’ Therapy Dog Teams are eligible to earn Therapy Dog Titles?

Both Therapy Dog Programs award official titles to dogs who have worked to improve the lives of those they have visited and are awarded based on the required number of visits.