TCC Paws Team-Peace & Wellness
through dog therapy
Join the PAWS team share the joy of your therapy dog with central Indiana teens
Want to bring joy and improve lives in your community, all while spending time with your pet? If the answer is yes, then we’re here to get you started and support you along the way!
TCC PAWS Team - Peace and Wellness through dog therapy serves teens in a high school setting – during study time, supporting discussion groups, during high-stress times in their schedules, for example during finals week, or in the rare situation, there is a crisis. We need a dedicated team of handler/dog partners to meet the need.
In 2022, we will focus on the needs of various student groups at University High School in Carmel. Our programs will include both regular visits with specific student groups, as well as serving as a therapy team during finals week. We need teams who can commit to at least two 1-hour visits/month during the school day.
If you are already a certified therapy dog team handler, with a currently certified therapy dog, the process is easy! If you are interested in becoming a certified team, we can help you reach that goal. Read on to learn more!
We are 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.
Paws team -registration
Find out if you and
your pet are ready to volunteer:
Review skills needed to become a registered TCC PAWS therapy team.
Take the quick Quiz.
READY? Therapy Animal Team Registration
Ready to get started? Below is an overview of the steps you’ll follow to join TCC PAWS Team.
Complete and Submit TCC PAWS Team Interest Form. A TCC PAWS Team staff member will then contact you to recommend next steps.
Complete your TCC PAWS Team Volunteer Application. After discussion with TCC PAWS Team staff, complete the Volunteer Application Packet. Included in the Volunteer Application Packet is TCC PAWS Team Policy and Procedures, Standards of Professional Conduct, Grooming Guidelines, Dog Health Screen Form, Volunteer Waiver, Release and Hold Harmless Agreement and Media Waiver.
Attend your Team Evaluation. A TCC PAWS Team representative will help to schedule your team evaluation. An evaluation fee of $20 will be charged to cover the cost of the evaluator's time and possible facility fees.
Complete a background check. After passing your evaluation, you will receive an email link to complete a background check.
Submit payment for your one-time registration fee of $25. This fee helps 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.