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Pet Peace of Mind Volunteer Training

Pet Peace of Mind® is a program designed to assist terminally ill hospice patients with the care of their beloved pets.

Pet Peace of Mind volunteers provide in-home pet care, exercise and companionship, delivery of pet food and cat litter, transportation to routine veterinary care and grooming appointments, help with temporary boarding, and assisting patients by finding a home for their pet when needed. Volunteers can also help with administrative needs such as making phone calls, scheduling and data entry.

Join us on March 21 from 10 – Noon at Lensing’s Oak Hill Funeral Service, 210 Holiday Road in Coralville. This 2-hour Pet Peace of Mind volunteer training will address:

1. The human-animal bond and the symbolism of pets in the lives of owners
2. The significance of pet ownership on the health and well being of hospice patients
3. Overview of the hospice mission and patient privacy
4. Safety issues working with patients and their pets
5. Referral and volunteer matching process for the Pet Peace of Mind program at Iowa City Hospice

The ideal Pet Peace of Mind volunteer has some understanding of the dynamics of pet ownership and safe animal handling skills. Volunteers with an emotional connection to their own pets will be able to relate to patients and families, gaining their trust in caring for their pet.

Iowa City Hospice is targeting this training session to volunteers available during week days. If you are interested in becoming a Pet Peace of Mind volunteer for Iowa City Hospice, please register for the training at the following link: http://petpeaceofmindatich.eventbrite.com/