Pet Friend Volunteer Program

The Pet Friends Volunteer Program is an extraordinary program designed to bring the comfort and support of very special dogs and their owners to hospitalized children. Contact between children and Pet Friends can range from simply watching a dog, to petting, cuddling, or even helping the handler walk the dog. 

All dogs have received a series of screenings and evaluations to become an approved Pet Friends volunteer. Dog handlers must complete the separate process to become a Hospital Program volunteer. Dogs and their handlers act as a team and together work with members of our Child Life staff to coordinate visits to hospitalized children.

If your child is a patient at Children’s and you would like to coordinate a visit, please contact our Child Life Department at 412-692-5022.

If you are a community member who has a dog and are interested in becoming a Pet Friends volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 412-692-5185 or e-mail to discuss the multi-step application process.