Current Therapy Dog Teams
Volunteering with your dog is very rewarding, but can be be stressful for dogs. A Fair Shake is committed to making sure that both human and canine participants enjoy their volunteer experience. Dogs that really like children are best suited for A Fair Shake's work. Dogs must also be able to work with the distraction of other dogs present and the use of treats for training and rewards.
Kids in A Fair Shake form bonds with you and your dog, and will look forward to seeing both of you each week. Children's willingness to be open is a key reason we focus on middle school. For many of our youth, adults have not always been a reliable presence in their life so we ask volunteers to make every effort to commit to regular participation. Continuity is an important component of A Fair Shake.
“I was looking for something very unique, and when I heard about A Fair Shake for Youth I just loved the concept of it. I thought it was so simple yet so profound.”
A Fair Shake will meet with you and your dog to share about the program, learn about your interests and get to know your dog. Together we will determine whether the program is a good fit. Once on board, we match you to a program that fits with your schedule. Programs run each weekday and generally are scheduled for a one-hour slot between 10am and 3pm. A few programs run during the late afternoon or evening which offers an opportunity for teams that are not able to volunteer during the school day.
New teams are generally accompanied by an experienced Fair Shake volunteer the first few visits.
Please note: Transportation to Fair Shake schools and programs is provided or reimbursed.
Transport for teams is provided either directly by A Fair Shake or through our pet taxi service. Volunteers often share the ride with other volunteer teams which offers a great opportunity to get to know each other and share experiences.
Photo: The Dogist
"I never felt as connected to kids that were not my own."
- Addie Walsh, Instructor