Apply to Be a Therapy Dog Volunteer
"All your dog visits made me SO happy. They were something to look
forward to and helped me to get better. They were the best medicine possible.
Thank you forever." - Betty Butler
Thank you for your interest in our program. The BCH Canine Corps has been
delivering smiles to patients, visitors, and staff at Boulder Community
Health since 2000.
Some 40 pet therapy teams currently visit our facilities at Broadway, Boulder
Community Foothills Hospital and campus, and the Tebo Family Medical Pavilion
(The Cancer Center).
Therapy dogs must be calm, obedient, not easily distracted, and love to
be petted by a variety of people.
For our program, dogs must be at least two years old; handlers must be
at least 18 years old. Dogs on a raw protein diet are not eligible for
Therapy dogs must be able to walk calmly on a loose lead. They should know
basic commands and be comfortably controlled by their handlers in a variety
Members of the BCH Canine Corps are hospital volunteers. They must attend
the hospital’s volunteer orientation program and complete a health
check and a background check.
Volunteers and staff are required to get a flu shot each year. Boulder
Community Health is a drug-free workplace including the use of medical
We find that not all dogs are suited for this kind of work. Nor are all
handlers. Following is a link to an excellent article by Patricia McConnell,
"Dog Assisted Therapy: Is Your Dog a Good Fit?" We strongly recommend you read this before contacting us.
There is an extensive qualifying process involved in becoming a hospital-based
therapy dog team. Sound like something you and your dog would be interested
in doing? Fill in the form below and one of our Canine Corps Volunteer
staff will contact you with more information.
Facebook Live event with BCH Canine Corps Volunteer Anne Walker and her dog, Nina.