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BISHPets Animal Therapy Teams
(Brain Injury Services)

Position ID: 937 Last Modified: 29 Oct 2013 Last Full Update: 29 Oct 2013
Opportunity Details
ContactMs Lian Ellis, Coordinator Volunteer Services, Brain Injury Services; Phone: 905-523-8852 ext 274; Fax: 905-523-8211; Email:
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DutiesBISHPETS is an animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activity (AAA/AAT) pet visitation program. 
A team consists of a handler and one pet. (This must be the handler's own pet or a pet that is well known to them with the written permission of the owner.) 
Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, llamas, horses and other pets may be suitable. 
Teams who pass the evaluation may choose from various Brain Injury Services locations Southern Ontario or read with children at the Paws for Reading literacy assistance program at the Hamilton Central Library.
BenefitsRewarding position for handler and enjoyable for confident, sociable pet. Teams work with clients at many different levels of cognitive and physical ability, for example, friendly visits, literacy assistance (Paws for Reading at Hamilton Public Library) or therapeutic depending on handler's comfort level and team's overall score.
ClientsAdults with acquired brain injury, children, other.
Dates and TimesAAA/AAT visit times at Brain Injury Services locations are very flexible depending on the team's availability.  
Paws for Reading (Hamilton Public Library) is only on Tuesday evenings as posted on the Hamilton Public Library website.
SeasonsYear Round - (Paws for Reading at Hamilton Public Library does not run in the summer.) ; Brain Injury Service visits are year-round. Paws for Reading at Hamilton Public Library does not run in the summer.
Location225 King William Street, Suite 508, at Jarvis Street, Hamilton, ON L8R 1B1
AccessibilityFully Accessible
Number of PositionsHamilton Central: 6 individual(s) ; Hamilton Mountain: 2 individual(s) ; Hamilton West: 2 individual(s) 
10 individual(s) needed in total. 
Dogs and cats must be at least 1 year old.
Ages16 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Commitment LengthLong Term (more than 12 months)
TrainingOrientation ; Training is required ; Orientation at specific location, online training to be completed within 3 months of start date. A successful evaluation is mandatory.
TransportationOn Bus Route - All bus routes that travel to downtown.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Start DateOn or after 18 Nov 2013 and on or before 30 Apr 2014
CostEvaluation is free. Proof of annual veterinary care is required. Please email for a booklet on what to expect during the evaluation. (Evaluations are held every other month - Generally on the third Sunday. Pre-registration is required, email or call for more info or go to YouTube at: or the Brain Injury Services website at:
Police CheckRequired
Volunteer CategoriesAssistant ; Befriending ; Pet Assisted Therapy ; Recreational Activities
Skills/ExperienceMust have excellent communication skills and an ability to advocate effectively for their pet.
Additional RequirementsVolunteers with suitable dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, llamas, horses, etc. are encouraged to apply. Evaluation is required. Please call for details.
Liability InsuranceAvailable
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Organization NameBrain Injury Services
Address & Map
225 King William St, Ste 508
Hamilton, ON L8R 1B1
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Office Phone905-523-8852