In-person and on-screen volunteer opportunities are growing, so we’d love to hear from you!  

Visits take place during the weekday, in the evenings, and on weekends.  Right now we especially need volunteers during the weekday.

To be eligible to become a PAL team:

  • Humans must be up to date, per the CDC, on COVID-19 vaccines

  • Dogs must be fully up to date on rabies (& distemper if a DC resident) vaccination

  • Dogs must be at least one year old, and have lived with you for at least six months


Steps in the registration process for PAL teams that make in-person visits:

  • participate in a one-hour introductory Zoom session

  • complete a 25-minute handler virtual interview

  • demonstrate at an in-person evaluation that you and your animal have the skills and temperament to be a safe, effective team

  • submit health records for your animal, and

  • demonstrate competency at two coached visits


Aswe schedule in-person evaluations of prospective dog/handler teams, we appreciate your patience.  We are working our way through a lot of inquiries received during the pandemic.