Canine Comfort

Sign up with your dog to make a difference in the lives of others as a Canine Comfort Pet Therapy volunteer team. You’ll visit places that most pets can’t go, comforting those in our community who need it most by sharing your dog’s unconditional love and friendship. Spread joy at hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, libraries, and more, through Paws to Heal and Paws to Read.

Basic Participation Requirements for Dogs and Handlers

Getting Started

1. Please review our complete list of program policies.

2. Print and fill out both Handler and Dog applications. At this time the next orientation is full!

Return together by mail, to:

Valley Humane Society
ATTN: Canine Comfort Pet Therapy
3670 Nevada Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566

All applicants must be pre-approved to attend the orientation, please submit your application via mail.

Program is on hold due to COVID-19

Must have email as it is our primary way of communication.

3. A representative from Valley Humane Society will contact you to confirm receipt of your completed applications, and to schedule your participation in a Canine Comfort Orientation. This is a meeting to introduce the policies and procedures you will need to understand as both a Canine Comfort Pet Therapy handler and Valley Humane Society volunteer. Dogs should not be brought to this meeting.

 please submit your application for approval and details will be given at that time.

4. Once you have attended a Canine Comfort Orientation, you will be scheduled with your dog for evaluations.

Please contact Shoshannah Reed at  for more information. We offer orientations and evaluations twice a year.