Therapy dog program

Spread good cheer through wagging tails when you and your canine companion join Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s therapy dog program.

Is my dog eligible?

When we’re actively recruiting, consider joining our volunteer team if your dog is:

  • Certified as a therapy dog by Therapy Dog International
  • Gentle, friendly, and comfortable in a healthcare setting
  • Up-to-date on all required vaccinations and registered with Monterey County

You and your dog must commit to at least one visit per month at Community Hospital or Westland House. At each visit, your dog must be clean and well-groomed.

Purpose of the program

Be part of a rewarding volunteer program with proven benefits to our community, all while spending time with your best furry friend. Our therapy dogs:

  • Bring comfort and joy to patients receiving hospital or hospice care, promoting a healing environment, and their friends and family who visit
  • Lower patient anxiety and blood pressure levels
  • Reduce healthcare staff stress
  • Attend special holiday events throughout the year

You’ll also have opportunities to visit schools and other settings to educate the larger Monterey County community about animal-assisted therapy.

Contact us

Email us at to learn more about our therapy dog program. The program is not currently accepting new volunteers.

COVID-19 restrictions

Volunteer services are limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to welcoming back our volunteers as soon as it’s safe to do so. Learn about other ways you can support Montage Health at this time.

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