Since 1992, the Doggie Brigade™ has brought joy, comfort and sloppy kisses to patients at Akron Children's Hospital. All dogs must pass a thorough veterinary exam and behavioral screening process, be at least a year old, and have lived with their handler for at least 6 months to be accepted into the program. We accept applications for new teams in January, and screenings are done once a year in March.
Once accepted into the Brigade, the dogs and their owners earn volunteer credit for their visits to the hospital. Doggie Brigade teams must commit to at least 26 hospital visits per year. Akron campus teams are also required to participate in 2 special events annually. Doggie Brigade members are registered by the Pet Partners Program.
Does your dog have what it takes to become a Doggie Brigade member?
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