Therapy dog program

Spread good cheer to patients when you and your canine companion join Montage Health Foundation'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, and by AKC as a Canine Good Citizen
  • 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, while also promoting a healing environment
  • Lower patient anxiety and blood pressure levels
  • Reduce healthcare staff stress
  • Attend special holiday events throughout the year

Contact us

Email us at therapy.dog@chomp.org to learn more about our therapy dog program.

Upcoming Events

  • Jun
    2
    Thursday
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Surgeons Mark Vierra and Steven S. Chang have helped thousands of people get on a path to weight loss and better health through weight-loss surgery.
  • Jun
    7
    Tuesday
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Join us for a talk on how to prevent, identify, and address memory and other cognitive concerns.
  • Jun
    10
    Friday
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Physical activity doesn’t need to be hard. Walking boosts physical health, mental well-being, and can help manage serious health conditions.
  • Jun
    13
    Monday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join this in-person workshop on planning for and talking about what we want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later, and allow your choices to be honored.
  • Jun
    13
    Monday
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
    This class will focus on the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet
  • Jun
    28
    Tuesday
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    In this online workshop you will learn how to plan for and talk about what you want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later.
  • Jul
    5
    Tuesday
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Experience the gentle, slow movements of tai chi.
  • Jul
    7
    Thursday
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Surgeons Mark Vierra and Steven S. Chang have helped thousands of people get on a path to weight loss and better health through weight-loss surgery.
  • Jul
    18
    Monday
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    In this online workshop you will learn how to plan for and talk about what you want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later.
  • Jul
    25
    Monday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join this in-person workshop on planning for and talking about what we want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later, and allow your choices to be honored.