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

  • Sep
    27
    Tuesday
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Experience the gentle, slow movements of tai chi.
  • Sep
    27
    Tuesday
    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.
  • Oct
    1
    Saturday
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Education and fun for all ages.
  • Oct
    5
    Wednesday
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    One of the realities of being human is that we can’t choose to escape stress, but we can choose to develop a more skillful relationship with it.
  • Oct
    13
    Thursday
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Understanding your personal risk for developing a disease, can help inform healthcare decisions to protect your well-being.
  • Oct
    18
    Tuesday
    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.
  • Oct
    20
    Thursday
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Don't let your Grandma's pecan pie recipe deter your progress to your healthy living goals.
  • Oct
    24
    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.
  • Oct
    26
    Wednesday
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Physical activity doesn’t need to be hard. Walking boosts physical health, mental well-being, and can help manage serious health conditions.
  • Oct
    26
    Wednesday
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Geared towards teens and adolescents, this presentation will focus on performing under stress, becoming friends with failure, and learning how to relax and recharge.