Volunteer with Your Pet

Thank you for your interest in Creature Comfort Pet Therapy. We have an amazing group of volunteer members and would love to have you join us! Below are some details on our membership process and at the bottom of the page is a link to the application. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

UPCOMING TESTS 
January 22nd (Morristown - Test on 1/8 moved back due to high number of Covid)
February 5th (Morristown)
March 12th (Morristown)
Future dates to be determined. Tests are held every 3-4 weeks.
 
OUR SERVICE AREA 
Creature Comfort Pet Therapy visits within the service area indicated on this map
 
PET REQUIREMENTS
  • Calm and under full control of the handler.
  • Willingly approaches strangers for petting.
  • Enjoys all types of people, including children.
  • At least 1 year old.
  • Has been with the owner for at least 6 months.
  • Confident in unfamiliar situations/environments.
  • Neutral with other animals. Can ignore other dogs on leash in close proximity.
 
HANDLER REQUIREMENTS
  • 18 yrs old (14 yrs - 17 yrs are allowed to test, however, they must perform visits with an adult member).
  • Available to do regular visits (we ask our teams to average one visit per month).
 
MEMBERSHIP PROCESS
STEP 1: Application
Prior to testing, applicants must present the following:
  • Completed application (one per handler, link provided at bottom)
  • Proof of current Rabies and Distemper vaccines (titer accepted, directions in application)
  • Current Town License (directions in application)
  • Application fee (see fee schedule below)
STEP 2: Intake Call
This is an opportunity for you to ask questions regarding our test or organization and for the Creature Comfort staff to get to know you a bit. We will review your goals for pet therapy and your availability so we can ensure we have visits to fit your desires, schedule and location.

STEP 3: Pet Therapy Test
The pet therapy test is a combination of obedience and pet temperament. Each test is generally 20-30 minutes. If you wish to visit with two or more dogs, you must pass the test with each dog separately. If more than one person in the family wishes to do visits, they must each pass the test with the animal. 
Copy of dog test - Click here
Copy of small animal test (rabbits, cats, etc.) - Click here
Test Overview
  • Loose leash walking
  • Staying in position when approached by a friendly stranger
  • Accepting handling by evaluator (brushing, touching all over, inspection of teeth/ears/eyes, restrained hug for 10 seconds)
  • Performing basic obedience commands (Sit, Down, Stay, Come)
  • Leaving food placed on the floor
  • Simulating a visit with a person in a wheelchair/using a walker and with food nearby
  • Acting appropriately when approaching a handler with a neutral dog
  • Visiting while a neutral dog is in the room
  • Walking through a noisy crowd
  • Accepting group petting
  • Taking a treat gently
STEP 4: Orientation
This online live training session will cover visiting techniques, safe handling practices and will review our policies. This is also a fantastic time for you to ask any questions you may have regarding visits. 
 
STEP 5: Training Visit
On your first therapy visit, you will be accompanied by an experienced therapy team who will help you along. Our staff will continue to provide ongoing guidance during your first months of visitation.

STEP 6: Scheduling Call
We know scheduling your first few visits can be overwhelming. Our Facilities Manager will assist you in using our dynamic online calendar and getting started on visits.

APPLICATION FEE - $100.00

$60.00 ~ Testing & Onboarding fee includes:

  • Intake Call
  • Test preparation video
  • Pet therapy test
  • Orientation
  • Guidance on first therapy visit
  • Member team materials (CCPT shirt, ID badge, CCPT leash cover)
  • Membership Manual 
  • Certificate suitable for framing

$40.00  ~ Annual membership dues includes:

  • Insurance coverage at CCPT approved facilities
  • Calendar of scheduled therapy visits
  • Visit scheduling support
  • Ongoing guidance and support
  • Social & educational gatherings for volunteers
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic 
  • In addition the required retest every other year is included in that year‘s annual dues.  

REFUND POLICY
You will receive a full refund if you cancel more than one week before your scheduled pet therapy test date. No refunds will be given for cancellations within one week of your scheduled test.
 
If you do not pass your pet therapy test, you will receive a $25 refund or you may apply it towards a retest if the option is provided to you.