Tomah Memorial Hospice Touch is seeking volunteers for its new therapy dog program.

According to hospice volunteer coordinator Jolene Frantz, LPN, the new program is designed to provide volunteer visits by registered therapy dogs and their owner to people of all ages receiving hospice care.

“This program will provide care for the purpose of love, support, comfort and animal companionship,” said Frantz.

She said interested volunteers should have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with many different populations.

“The potential therapy dogs must be at least a year old and be very calm, gentle, polite and interact appropriately and comfortably with unfamiliar people in unfamiliar settings,” said Frantz.

All potential therapy dogs and their handlers will be screened before being accepted into a special training program which Frantz said will be held Nov. 10-12 at no cost to the volunteer.

“This is a unique and very rewarding volunteer opportunity that we hope others will want to be a part of,” Frantz said.

Volunteers should contact Frantz at 608-374-0250 by Oct. 5.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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