Who Volunteers to be a Therapy Dog Handler?

Some very amazing people. What they all have in common is at least one sweet, calm canine who they are willing to share with other people.

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Volunteering has Benefits

Research shows a strong correlation between good health and volunteering. Studies say volunteers have lower rates of mortality, depression, and heart ailments. Studies also show that owning a dog lowers depression, blood pressure and heart ailments.

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Volunteering with your Dog?

That's double-dipping. Nice work if you can get it.


Our volunteers range in age from 20s to 80s. The minimum age is 18. People as young as 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


We ask that you make one therapy dog visit a month. It turns out that doing therapy dog work is hugely satisfying and many CHAMP therapy dog teams make two or more (sometimes many more) visits a month. That's up to you.


Most therapy dog visits last 30 to 60 minutes. A few go to 90 minutes, but we don't want to tire our dogs. Short is good.


Most of our folks live within CHAMP's service area, the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. From St. Charles County MO to Southern Illinois.

Working? Retired?

We have a mix of workers and retirees. We try hard to work around your schedule and obligations. We feel very lucky to have several couples among our therapy dog volunteers.