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Pet Therapy Program

Our Pet Therapy Program could not operate without dedicated volunteers – they are our backbone and primary source of support. Without the extra set of hands to help clients participate, the communication between animal and leader, the constant care of our animals and their home, and the partnerships in our community, it would be nearly impossible to serve our clients!

Individual volunteering opportunities

Whether you have experience with animals, with people or just simply life,

there is a position for everyone at the AAI Centre.

Both adults and young adults are welcome! 

Barn Team : Be a vital part of a fun team that works to keep our animals happy, healthy and safe!

Animal Leading : Take responsibility for one of our AAI Animals before, during and after class.

Support Clients : Provide direct support to our clients from arrival until departure in a safe learning environment.

Animal Handling : Participate in turn in/turn out and help prepare animals for their class. Great for learning to animal lead!

Animal Care Team : Assist our Animal Staff with training our animals and preparing them for success. Great for developing your animal skills!

Instructors Assistant : Provide additional support to the instructor, volunteers and clients before, during and after a class.

Mentor : Participate in our Volunteer Mentoring program to support other volunteers as they gain animal leading skills.

Administration and Tour Guide : Help us with administrative tasks such as answering phones, filing, and conducting tours.

Maintenance and Landscaping : Help us with maintenance tasks around the facility such as painting, repairing fences and building/grounds maintenance.

Let's Make A Difference Together

Here are some ways you can contribute by volunteering:

Qualified Registered Therapist

Volunteer positions are available that focuses on enhancing the psychological well-being of the client. (Partnerships are available) 

Certified Dog Trainer

We are always looking for certified dog trainers to contribute to Therapeutic Dog Services Team. (Partnerships are available) 

Certified Dog Groomer

We are always looking for certified, professional dog groomers to contribute to Therapeutic Dog Services Team. (Partnerships are available)

We are always looking for certified, professionals to join our team. Please if you feel you would like to be part of making a difference, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Presentations to schools, universities, not for profit organisations, businesses, and scout groups.

Our community programs promote public education around canine care, disability awareness, and ways dogs provide comfort and assist people.

Presentations are individually designed to meet industry organisation's goals.

Conducted Presentations

Presenter leads each presentation


Presenter along with a certified therapy dog leads each presentation; all include age-appropriate lessons and interactive opportunities.

Presentations are user friendly!

We go to community location on a date & time that meets their schedule.

Presenters use positive training techniques to demonstrate therapy dog skills.

Background & experience includes working with populations from preschool through adults whether in schools or the business & not for profit communities. 

Task Force (Administration)

Task Force volunteers provide invaluable service to Therapeutic Dog Services Inc, by staffing the office, seeing to inquiries about our service. informing visitors of the benefits of therapeutic dog services, assist with mail-outs, other administrative duties. and help at any social events. They interact well with the public, have good communication skills and are always willing to help.

Community Ambassador

Our Community Ambassador Volunteers offer regular Education, Information sessions to the community and assist with special projects throughout the community and facilities

Community Pet Therapy Dog

Do you own a well mannered dog?

Volunteer positions are available in our Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy Programs. 

 Therapy Dog Program is the Utilization of dogs as therapeutic tools, to facilitate healing and rehabilitation of clients, patients with acute or chronic diseases 

 Animal Assisted Activities is a program in which we utilize pet animals to educate, heal and rehabilitate clients. 


Do you own a well mannered dog? 

Volunteer positions are available in the Utilization of dogs as therapeutic tools, to facilitate healing and rehabilitation of clients, patients with acute or chronic diseases

Dogless Handlers

You may be interested in working with us as a volunteer within our Therapeutic Dog Services but you do not own a dog, or your dog is not appropriate due to temperament. We have some therapeutic teams in which own more than one therapeutic dog per family. Our policy only allows handler to handle one dog at a time on visitations for obvious reasons being safety. Dog less handlers are volunteers who don't have dogs of their own, but would like to be involved in handling someone else's "extra" dog. A dog less handler would accompany the Therapeutic Dog team on their visit and handle the "extra" dog! As you can appreciate it is only appropriate for one handler to be in control of 1 dog at a time. 

Dog Walkers

Dog Walkers

 Dogs that require exercise such as walking and extra exercise. 



 Our working dogs require the ultimate in grooming and care.

Retail and Online Shop Sales

Retail and On line Shop Sales

We require a volunteer to organize, sales and mailing of our merchandise available to the public.

Home Visiting Service

Home Visiting Service:

The Volunteer Home Visiting Service is a service that provides volunteers to visit disabled persons in their community based home on a weekly or fortnightly basis. 

Sewing or Crafts


We require someone that is handy with a sewing machine to help with our dog harnesses and bandannas. 


Are you skilled in a craft. We are looking for someone whom can guide others to make crafts to sell for fundraising.

Special skill or creative skill

Special skill or creative skill?

Do you have a specific skill or creative skill? Our wellness and be active program has activities such as: 

 Health and Exercise Activities 

 Arts and Crafts Activities 

 Writing and Literacy Activities 

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

WELLNESS & BE ACTIVE PROGRAM (Day Activity Options for people with illness, disability and ageing) Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated is a support service that provides an inclusive program that aims to reduce the social isolation of people whom are disadvantaged, live with acute illness, disability or ageing population. Through the weekly Wellness and Be Active Program (day activities program). we provide a range of activities to hundreds of people living in South Australia. Everyone will have access to safe, organised activities that encourage people of all ages to increase their level of physical activity, improve their health, community inclusion and enjoy meaningful participation and acceptance regardless of their physical ability. Volunteers play a vital role in supporting and enriching the lives of people living with illness, disability and aged. It is a chance to form strong friendships and be valued for what you do. You can also learn new skills and build on the ones you have. 

There are many opportunities for volunteering at Therapeutic Dog Services in a Helping Hand role, within our day activities centre, Fulham or through our varied community services across Adelaide and regional South Australia. You can get involved in:

Assisting with administration and Fundraising projects

Assisting with administration & Fundraising projects

 Computer and internet tutoring 

 Gardening 

 Transport and outings 

 Group activities such as art, craft, games and bingo 

 A friendly visit 

 Music and entertainment

Sewing or Crafts


We require someone that is handy with a sewing machine to help with our dog harnesses and bandannas. 


Are you skilled in a craft. We are looking for someone whom can guide others to make crafts to sell for fundraising.

Community Visiting Dogs and Handlers

Registration Process 

Becoming a member of Therapeutic Dog Services Inc. begins with supplying the information requested for consideration.


Attend a mandatory information session > 


Submit application for consideration >


Evaluation for you and your dog as a hander/dog team will be organised >


Passed evaluation.  Congratulations! The placement process then begins, starting with shadowing and receiving mentoring with an experienced team. more information here >


Information Pages



Well Mannered Dog

  • Do you own a well mannered dog?

  • Is your dog up to date with vaccinations?

  • Do you reside in Adelaide, South Australia?

  • Are you able to volunteer up to 1 1/2 hours a week, fortnight, or monthly for facility visitations?

  • Do you drive a car?

  • Would you like to make a difference in someones life by providing visitations with your dog to make someones day?

  • Are you empathetic toward the general public or those whom live with acute illness, disability and ageing population.

  • Would you like to volunteer with a reputable SA Not-For-Profit organisation. Registered Australian Charity. 

If you answered yes to all the above questions, we would love to hear from you. 

Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated will make every effort to appoint Volunteer Visiting Teams to a Care Centre located as conveniently as possible to their home.


Community Dog Visiting Program

Community Dog Visiting Program, volunteers take their good-natured dogs to many facilities across Adelaide including aged care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, disability and service the general public.

The aim of the program is to help improve the wellbeing of patients, residents and their families through positive contact with visiting volunteers and their dogs.


Volunteer Community Dogs and Handler Criteria

Dog Training: Basic training ( Dog requires basic obedience)

Veterinarian Health Clearance: A Veterianarian health care clearance will be required for your dog, we supply the forms for you to have your regular veterinarian to conduct a temperament test, health check, and record vaccinations and any other requirements recommended by the veterinarian.

Vaccinated: Your dog must be up to date with yearly required vaccinations (C5)

Temperament Tested: Requirement: Dogs are temperament tested by an Therapeutic Dog Services animal assisted interventions evaluator (Fee $15.00) prior to be considered for the community dog visiting program. 

Working conditions: Weekly or fortnightly visitations conducted for up to 1 1/2 hours per session at various external partner sites. 

Insurance: covered by Therapeutic Dog Services $20M Comprehensive Insurance, General Liability $20M, and Volunteers Insurance.

Training: Volunteers are required to complete Compulsory and Professional Development training courses.

Police Clearance: each and every volunteer/staff member is required to hold a current police clearance certificate. (We provide forms to you, there is no cost to you for police clearances)

How do I find out more?

Need help with completing this form phone (08) 7200 4066 (answering service)

or 048 129 3370 

or email:  therapydogs@tdsinc.com.au for more details.

Thank you for your interest in supporting Therapeutic Dog Services Inc as a Volunteer.

To Submit your forms Email: therapydogs@tdsinc.com.au

Mail to:

Therapeutic Dog Services Inc.

Villa Saint Hilarion,

21 Farncomb Road,

FULHAM S.A. 5024

Interested in a career with Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated?

Get involved and make a difference learn the many ways to support Therapeutic Dog Services with employment opportunities and life-changing events.

Browse our current vacancies, career packs and policies and find out what makes Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated such a special place to work. 


We have a fun and dynamic workplace where making the most of life is a part of our everyday. If you are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of people living with acute illness, ageing, disability, or mental health population then we want you.

We need skilled, experienced workers for existing or new projects. 

We have a fun and dynamic workplace where making the most of life is a part of our everyday.

If you are passionate about making a positive difference then we want you.


Short-term workers for short-term projects

We don't hire a permanent employee for every role. We need someone with specific skills for short-term projects.

What is a contractor

Contractors are not part of a permanent workforce. They are not employees. They are one-person businesses who work for organisations for a short period of time. Whether it's for a couple of weeks or a few months, hiring a contractor helps our business to grow in a more flexible way.

However contractors aren't suitable for every role. 

What defines a contractor?

A contractor is someone who works on a short-term basis, usually on a project. 

Contractors are sometimes referred to as freelance workers or consultants. 

The most important thing to remember is that a contractor is not an employee. Contractors are independent businesses working for us on our premises or representing Therapeutic Dog Services within a specific role within the community. 


  • Accounts

  • Admissions

  • Animal Attendant

  • Artists

  • Audio Visual

  • Builders

  • Education/Volunteers

  • Dog trainers/behaviourlists

  • First Aid

  • Graphic Design

  • Grounds and Landscaping

  • Group Bookings

  • Human Resources

  • Management

  • Marketing

  • Photography

  • Properties

  • Rescue Team

  • Retail Management

  • Retail Warehouse

  • School Based Trainees

  • Security

  • Technical

  • Tour Desk

  • Website Team

Are you a new volunteer or interested in becoming a volunteer? 

Join us at one of our upcoming Volunteer Information session.

Bookings are essential, please be sure to book to prevent disappointment. 


Orientation sessions are held at Villa Saint Hilarion Centre, 21 Farncomb Rd, Fulham SA 5024

Orientation sessions are for humans only (unless otherwise notified)


2018 Dates:

Mondays each week at 11am and 1pm

Wednesdays each fortnight 11am and 1pm

Saturdays once monthly 11am


Attendance at a Volunteer Information session is mandatory for new volunteers joining Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated. 

However all volunteers and potential volunteers who would like to become more involved or just learn more about other aspects of the organisation are invited to attend. 


All registration forms will be supplied to you on the day. 

However if you are convinced this is for you,  please contact us below on the contact form and we will forward you the appropriate forms you require to register, bring all forms with you on the information day and submit. 


You may pre-register by emailing Sonya Flynn Email: therapydogs@tdsinc.com.au  and providing your name, best phone number, email address, and dog’s name if you are wanting to be part of Therapeutic Dog Services registered Community Dog Visiting Teams. 

Enhancing quality of life and health through the human - animal bond

Email: therapydogs@tdsinc.com.au

Phone: 0481293370

Tel: 08 8591 8109 Answering Service

Registered Charity: 90 024 628 522 

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