Cornell Companions

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Program Director,
Robin G. Hamlisch


Cornell Companions - Facilities

We welcome volunteers with and without pets. All volunteers are committed to regular visitations with participating facilities. The Volunteer Training prepares members for visits by addressing the principles and process of animal-assisted activities/therapy and the details of what to expect on a visit. Participating pets should be calm, reliable, and healthy. Animals must be licensed (dogs only), vaccinated, and free of external and internal parasites and declared healthy by a veterinarian. Animals must pass the Cornell Companions Pet Screening Test that evaluates how the animal relates to people, other animals, unfamiliar situations, and mildly noxious stimuli.