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If you have any questions about the training program, the behavioral exam, or national program certification, please contact Jan Carlson of Carlson Canine Camp at 815-235-1500 or Itrain538@aol.com.

For questions about the FHN Beyond Words Pet Therapy Program or to request a volunteer application packet, contact Kay Brooks, Director of FHN Volunteer Resources, at 815-599-6148 or kbrooks@fhn.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to provide this valuable, compassionate service. We hope to meet you and your dog soon!

FHN Volunteer Designation

As the "human member" of your dog-and-handler team, you will also need to complete an FHN Volunteer Application (which is necessary to become a volunteer of any kind at FHN), interview with the Director of Volunteer Resources, and attend a mandatory orientation session.

You and your dog cannot visit FHN as an FHN Beyond Words Pet Therapy Team until you receive a letter of acceptance from FHN stating that your FHN Beyond Words Pet Therapy Team application has been received and approved.

Once you and your dog are part of the program, you will receive an FHN Beyond Words Pet Therapy Program leash for your dog and a tote bag for you to use in bringing along supplies for a visit (a suggested list of supplies will be provided with the bag). You will also receive an FHN badge for yourself, which you will need to have with you at all times when visiting.

The FHN Beyond Words Pet Therapy Program will also have fun activities for our members – both human and canine! – some of which you may be required to attend for additional information.