Join The Chris Center PAWS (Peace and Wellness) Team!

The Chris Center is actively seeking new handler/dog teams to join our PAWS therapy dog program. During the 2022-2023 academic year, TCC PAWS Team will support student wellness at several partner organizations, including University High School, Guerin Catholic High School, The Orchard School (middle school), and the Carmel Clay Public Library. We need a dedicated team of handler/dog partners to meet the need! 

 

If your dog welcomes interactions with people, has mastered basic obedience skills, and is at least 1 year of age, then your dog might be ready to become a therapy animal! If you enjoy spending time with your dog, have a desire to help teens in your community, and can commit to volunteering at least twice a month during regular school hours, then the TCC PAWS Team might be right for you! 

 

Find out if you and your dog are ready to volunteer:

  1. Take the QUIZ

  2. Review the CRITERIA FOR PROSPECTIVE THERAPY DOGS and HANDLERS. 

Ready to Get Started? If you would like to join our PAWS Team and/or learn more about our program, please complete the PAWS Team Interest Form. A Chris Center staff member will contact you to recommend next steps. 

 

Next steps… After speaking with a Chris Center staff member, you may be invited to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Volunteer Application Packet- Please complete the Application Packet. This packet includes TCC PAWS Team policies and procedures, standards of conduct, dog health screening form to be completed by your veterinarian, and the required liability waivers. 

  2. Schedule your PAWS Team evaluation- A Chris Center staff member will help to schedule an evaluation for you and your dog with an AKC-approved evaluator. You can prepare for this evaluation by reviewing the Skills Assessment Sheet. An evaluation fee of $20 will be charged to cover the evaluator’s time and any possible facility fees. After passing the evaluation, you will receive an email link to complete a background check. 

  3. Submit the registration fee- There is a one-time registration fee of $25 to cover the cost of the handler's background check and required equipment (handler's identification badge and dog's bandana). Other costs (liability insurance, staff time, volunteer support) are covered by generous individual donors, foundations and corporate partners.

 

The Chris Center is committed to creating a volunteer force that is more representative of the populations we serve. We welcome unique perspectives and experiences in terms of national origin, culture, socioeconomic background, ethnicity, race, color, sex, gender identity and expression, education, age, languages spoken, veteran status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs, which help us strengthen our impact.

The benefits of registering with TCC PAWS team at Chris Center:

  • Access to TCC PAWS Team training workshops.

  • Comprehensive liability insurance coverage while you and your pet are on visits.

  • Group partners organized and scheduled by the Chris Center

  • An ID badge picturing you and your pet, and a therapy dog bandana when you become certified.

  • Support from our TCC PAWS team staff to help you every step of the way.