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"Dogs Helping Humans"

                   Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated

Community Visiting Dogs and Handlers
Registration Process 

Information Pages

Well Mannered Dog

  • Do you own a well mannered dog?
  • Is your dog up to date with vaccinations?
  • Do you reside in Adelaide, South Australia?
  • Are you able to volunteer up to 1 1/2 hours a week, fortnight, or monthly for facility visitations?
  • Do you drive a car?
  • Would you like to make a difference in someones life by providing visitations with your dog to make someones day?
  • Are you empathetic toward the general public or those whom live with acute illness, disability and ageing population.
  • Would you like to volunteer with a reputable SA Not-For-Profit organisation. Registered Australian Charity. 

If you answered yes to all the above questions, we would love to hear from you. 

Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated will make every effort to appoint Volunteer Visiting Teams to a Care Centre located as conveniently as possible to their home.

Community Dog Visiting Program

Community Dog Visiting Program, volunteers take their good-natured dogs to many facilities across Adelaide including aged care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, disability and service the general public.

The aim of the program is to help improve the wellbeing of patients, residents and their families through positive contact with visiting volunteers and their dogs.

Volunteer Community Dogs and Handler Criteria

Dog Training: Basic training ( Dog requires basic obedience)
Veterinarian Health Clearance: A Veterianarian health care clearance will be required for your dog, we supply the forms for you to have your regular veterinarian to conduct a temperament test, health check, and record vaccinations and any other requirements recommended by the veterinarian.
Vaccinated: Your dog must be up to date with yearly required vaccinations (C5)
Temperament Tested: Requirement: Dogs are temperament tested by an Therapeutic Dog Services animal assisted interventions evaluator (Fee $15.00) prior to be considered for the community dog visiting program. 
Working conditions: Weekly or fortnightly visitations conducted for up to 1 1/2 hours per session at various external partner sites. 
Insurance: covered by Therapeutic Dog Services $20M Comprehensive Insurance, General Liability $20M, and Volunteers Insurance.
Training: Volunteers are required to complete Compulsory and Professional Development training courses.
Police Clearance: each and every volunteer/staff member is required to hold a current police clearance certificate. (We provide forms to you, there is no cost to you for police clearances)

How do I find out more?

Need help with completing this form phone (08) 7200 4066 (answering service)

or 048 129 3370 

or email:  [email protected] for more details.

Thank you for your interest in supporting Therapeutic Dog Services Inc as a Volunteer.

To Submit your forms Email: [email protected]

Mail to:

Therapeutic Dog Services Inc.

Villa Saint Hilarion,

21 Farncomb Road,

FULHAM S.A. 5024