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Pet Therapy Dog Program

Our Pet Therapy Dog Program could not operate without dedicated volunteers –

they are our backbone and primary source of support.

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.

Individual volunteering opportunities

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

Both adults and young adults are welcome! 

  • 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 Visiting Dogs and Handlers

Registration Process 

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


Submit application for consideration > Click Here

(Once you have submitted an application you will receive an email or phone call from a representative to organise an evaluation day/date for you and your dog.)


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

Passed evaluation.  Congratulations!


You will be required to complete 5 hours of online training, 3 hours of classroom training. 


The placement process then begins, starting with shadowing and receiving mentoring with an experienced team.  

We look for volunteers who are willing to visit regularly with their dogs, ideally for at least

 6 months - 1 year or more.

To become a visiting volunteer applicants are required to:

  • provide veterinary health clearance, supply a copy of dog vaccination

  • pass an assessment with their dog, 

  • complete online training

  • attend a half day training seminar without their dog.

  • happy for us to conduct a DHS police clearance

Membership Type

Community Visiting Dog Teams (Volunteering)

If you would like to go visiting with your dog as a registered team, the registration fee is $50.00 for the first year (includes online training, 3 hour in classroom training, (Polo shirt is optional $35.00), insurance inclusion, industry partner placement, support and supervision) and $50.00.00 each year there after.

The Community Dog Visiting Team Program is the Utilisation of dogs as therapeutic tools, to facilitate healing and rehabilitation of clients, patients with acute or chronic diseases through meet and greet programs

To become a volunteer Community Dog Visiting Team within our Support Service  – you’ll need to undertake training, make a commitment to shifts and meet further selection criteria. This is to ensure you’ll be confident, skilled and able to provide support to Therapeutic Dog Services clients and industry partner facilities.  

If you are interested, this type of volunteering will be very rewarding. 

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 AAI evaluator (Fee $20.00) prior to being 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 joint 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 to Find Out More

Get in Touch

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

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

You may also be interested in

Therapy Dog Registry and Training Centre

Therapy Dog Training Centre

School for Therapy Dogs

With the most inclusive education available, our School for Therapy Dog Teams will teach you progressive and innovative methods for training your dog, community placement and working with people in a way that will make your Therapy Dog career a successful one.

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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