—Isa Helfrich, German Shepherd & therapy dog (and Deb Helfrich, Vice President)
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QUESTION: I just got my new member packet in the mail and can’t wait to get started! Now how do I get into a place to visit? – Teacup, Chihuahua
ANSWER: Congratulations and welcome to TDV! So, you’ve got a brand new spotless bandanna, shiny tag, and a spiffy ID—but no place to go? Here’s what to do…
1. FIND A PLACE TO VOLUNTEER
- Go to the TDV website’s “Volunteer Opportunities” page (always changing!) for a list of facilities that have requested visits.
- Blaze your own trail. Got a place in mind that you want to visit? Call em! Ask for the volunteer coordinator (or whoever manages volunteers), tell him/her that you are certified with TDV, and that you’d like volunteer with your dog to provide therapy dog visits. Contact TDV if you need help or if the volunteer coordinator has questions you can’t answer.
Let TDV know where you are visiting so we may update our member database and insurance provider for your coverage.