Dog Visit Program

Special Notice: Volunteer Opportunities

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As a continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the volunteer program is still on pause as of July 2021. The first priority is to have our current volunteers return safely. Our hope is to begin accepting and processing new volunteer applications in 2022.

We appreciate everything volunteers do for our patients, guests and staff. We look forward to welcoming volunteers back and will update our website when the volunteer restrictions are lifted.

About Our Dog Visit Program

Nationwide Children's Hospital’s dog visit program is part of regularly scheduled activities for patients and their families.  Dogs and their owners are required to be certified through Therapy Dogs International (TDI).  

Once volunteers and their dogs are approved they schedule visits directly with Nationwide Children's Family and Volunteer Services Department.  Visits take place in public areas (not at patient bedside).  Most volunteers and dogs visit monthly.

Thank you for your interest in our dog visit program, at this time our program and waiting list are full.  Please try back at another time.

Individuals without current TDI certification need to contact one of these organizations directly to learn more about the requirements, testing process and schedule.