Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and following guidance from local health departments, we are currently limiting access to our campus facilities. This has led to the difficult decision to suspend our volunteer program, including Angel Dogs. We look forward to resuming our volunteer program as soon as it is safe to do so. To explore more ways to support the mission of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals, visit our Foundation page.
Angel Dogs have been bringing a sense of being at home to patients at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital for more than 15 years. Anxiety, fears, loneliness have been lessened by many individuals who have received visits or met an Angel Dog in the hall. Numerous patients and their families have been given a refreshing welcome change in routine and something different to look forward to during a day filled with therapies.
Angel Dog Volunteer Training is held several times a year. Conducted by Madonna's Volunteer Resources staff and Angel Dog volunteers, the sessions are designed to prepare you to feel at ease as you volunteer with your dog. Topics include learning about Madonna, communication techniques for visiting patients, and skills for visiting with your dog. The Angel Dog Program works with Pet Partners Program to register you and your dog as a nationally recognized visiting team.