Code of Ethics

  • Volunteers will fulfill their commitment to the Pet Therapy Society and to their assignment to facilities, programs, etc. in the community to the best of their ability.
  • Volunteers will not accept remuneration for their visits. Volunteers may provide information about the Pet Therapy Society to individuals, families or groups interested in making a donation to the Society.
  • Volunteers will refrain from use of alcohol and/or recreational drugs the day of the visit.
  • Volunteers will not use ‘therapy animals’ status to gain access to areas or special treatment designated for ‘service animals.’ This includes access to public buildings and flying on commercial airlines.
  • Only companion animals that are active in animal-assisted therapy or activities are to be represented as a ‘therapy animals.’ Only companion animals who have served as therapy animals for a minimum of one year are to be considered as ‘retired therapy animals.’
  • Completion of Pet Therapy Society’s Pet Education program does not imply that a companion animal is a ‘therapy animal.’ Completion of the Pet Education Program does not entitle an individual to use a ‘therapy animal’ designation in advertising for breeding purposes or promotion of an individual animal, breed or kennel.
  • Volunteers conduct that adversely affects the interests of Pet Therapy, any of its members and the interests and/or the people we are visiting could result in disciplinary action, even expulsion from Pet Therapy.
  • Should any volunteers conduct reasonably results in valid allegations or criticism from a Pet Therapy member or facility contact, then the conduct is questionable and may be improper.
  • Volunteers are expected to respect the rights of others be they other Pet Therapy volunteers, patients, residents, Youth under protection, the general public or others with whom you have direct or indirect contact or dealings with as a result of your volunteering  with Pet Therapy.
  • Discrimination or harassment (unwelcome behavior of a sexual or personal nature), whether against an individual or a group on the basis of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical or mental disability, material status, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, place of origin or in the case of an animal, the breed of said animal, is neither appropriate nor acceptable and could result in expulsion from Pet Therapy.
Dec 16, 2016 | Posted by | Comments Off on Code of Ethics