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How To Join Us

Are you interested in learning how you can take your pet(s) into hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, schools, libraries, and other places as a volunteer visiting people who could benefit from a little compassion and joy?

Your pet should have a basic level of training. They should be reliable, predictable, and controllable even in crowded or noisy situations. Dogs are the most obvious pet candidates, but Delta Society also registers cats, birds, and other animals.

If you have a pet that you feel might be qualified to make visits with you and/or another handler, you must be trained, evaluated, and registered through one of the registering organizations that we work with. This helps ensure safety, consistency in training, and credibility. It also provides liability insurance for you and you pet while visiting. Comfort Creatures offers basic training classes and home study groups twice a year in the Tupelo area to assist you with becoming registered.

FAQs About Joining Comfort Creatures

What if I already make visits with my pets?
Great! You already know the special gift that volunteering with your pet and offering comfort to others can be to all involved. If you are not registered with Delta Society or Love on a Leash, you will need to do so. We have training classes twice a year to prepare new members for testing for these organizations. (Check our news page for upcoming training dates.)

How do I get started?
It’s easy! The best way to get started is to attend one of our organizational meetings. Please contact us for the next meeting date, time, and place! After we have received your volunteer application and related paperwork, a coordinator will contact you to discuss opportunities to serve our community. You can download the volunteer application and release forms to complete ahead of time or pick one up at your first meeting. You should also familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures.

How much time will this take?
Commitments vary by location, but most people volunteer at least 2 hours per month.

How much is this going to cost?
If you wish to volunteer with your pet, the cost is approximately $75 to be registered with Delta Society every two years. This includes your liability insurance. There may be an additional fee for the purchase of a Delta Society workbook, but this is optional as you may share a workbook with another volunteer. Comfort Creatures will hold fundraisers and recruit sponsors to assist volunteers with these expenses on an “as needed” basis. Check with your tax adviser on the rules concerning volunteerism. Many expenses you incur (i.e. travel, supplies, etc) are tax deductible. Time wise, volunteers are asked to commit to at least 2 hours per month, but more time would always be welcomed and appreciated!

What if I want to help, but don’t have a pet that qualifies?
You can volunteer… with or without a pet! There are lots of opportunities to help with fundraising, pet training, etc. even if you do not have a pet or do not wish to make visits.

If you are interested, please join us for one of our FREE one hour orientation sessions for an introduction to animal assisted therapy.