St. Francis Medical Center Transition to Capital Health

For more information on St. Francis Medical Center’s transition of services to Capital Health, click here.

Pet Therapy Programs

Pet Therapy Programs at Capital HealthWe offer Pet Therapy visits to our In-patients at both our campuses at Hopewell and Trenton. If you have a certified pet and would like to join our team, please apply online and help bring comfort to our patients and staff.

Requirements for the Pet Therapy Program

Volunteer Application: Online submission only.

Personal Interview: Meet with the manager of Volunteer Services along with your pet.

Service Hour Requirement: Volunteers are expected to commit to a visit once a week for a duration not more than 2 hrs and must be able to commit to a confirmed schedule.

Certification: The pet must be certified by either of the certifying agencies - The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc or Therapy Dogs International. Proper documentation for the same needs to be provided.

Medical Clearance (Pet Owner): Provide immunization records for or undergo immunization screenings for:

  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Tuberculosis (Quantiferon bloodwork)
  • Flu shot if volunteering during flu season
  • Fully vaccinated for COVID -19 at the start of volunteering (2 dose series Pfizer/Moderna; 1 dose of Johnson and Johnson/Janssen) and Booster shot

Medical Clearance (Dog): Provide immunization records for the dog for:

  • Vaccination form (NASPHV # 51 Rabies or Veterinarian proof of vaccination)
  • Current vaccination against: Distemper (DAPP); Hepatitis (DAPP);Parainfluenza (DAPP); Parvovirus (DAPP); Leptospirosis
  • Annual Fecal Exam
  • Veterinarian certification that dog is fit to participate in a visiting program

Criminal Background Check: Will be run once all medical clearance is received. This includes Social Security number verification.

Orientation/Training: Orientation and on-site training must be attended to complete on boarding process.

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Services department between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 609-303-4023 or email [email protected].