Our volunteers and their amazing therapy dogs are the most valued members of our organisation.
You and your dog will make a Delta Team and bring much needed smiles and joy to people who need it most.
If you answered yes to all these questions, then volunteering with Delta could be the next chapter for you and your dog’s friendship.
If you feel that you and your dog would make a perfect Delta Therapy Dog Team and can commit to the time, please fill out our Expression of Interest form in time for the next intake in your area.
To become a Delta Therapy Team, your dog must pass a temperament assessment undertaken by a Delta accredited positive reward-based dog trainer. You will also need to attend compulsory volunteer training before receiving a facility placement.
Once we receive your expression of interest, we will contact you about the next assessment and training sessions being run in your area. These are generally held over the course of a weekend, Saturdays being assessment day, and Sundays being training day.
Once you have passed your assessment and attended training, we will match you with a facility. We’ll support you through the orientation process and commencing your visits.
Congratulations, you will now be making regular scheduled visits to your facility! During this time you’ll be offered regular training, and asked to report to Delta about your visits. Our State Co-ordinators are there to support you whenever you need it.
The comfort and wellbeing of your dog is of paramount importance. If you dog is too ill to attend a scheduled visit, you should contact your local branch coordinator and/or facility to cancel the visit until your dog is feeling well again.
If you envisage that you will miss more than 3 consecutive visits you should notify your co-ordinator and she will contact your allocated facility to advise them.
It depends on the facility. We recommend you discuss options with the coordinator at your assigned facility. We have teams who visit patients and residents in their rooms for a bedside chat and pat, while other teams will visit residents in a common room. Generally volunteers and their dogs will visit and talk with residents and patients, offer a hug, and a paw to shake. Many facilities are also happy for your dog to jump up onto beds for an extra long cuddle.
We will work with you to ensure you are happy with the facility you are assigned. For example, you are able to specifially express interest in a dementia facility or mental health facility for example. This, however, will be determined by the availability of facilities participating in the program.
We aim to assign facilities no more than 20 minutes travelling time from the volunteer’s home, unless you have chosen a specific facility.
Some of the facilities our therapy dogs visit are flexible and allow weekend visits.
Contact one of our 14 Therapy Dogs Branches across Australia to find out about volunteer opportunities.