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Therapy dog Tanner demonstrates obedience by not eating treats placed on his paws. South Bend Memorial Hospital is looking for new therapy dogs to be Pet Therapy Ambassadors. (David Bedard/Flickr)
Therapy dogs needed at South Bend Memorial Hospital
Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

South Bend Memorial Hospital is seeking new volunteers, but they don't want just anyone.

In the next few weeks, the hospital hopes to add four more dogs and their owners to its team of Pet Therapy Ambassadors, but they're always looking for more therapy dogs, ABC 57 News reported.

"When people walk into the hospital, it's a scary place, so seeing a dog inside a hospital is something that reminds them of home, it helps their blood pressure go down, they relax. It's just a wonderful, comforting thing," said Pam Sandy, Ambassador Coordinator for Volunteer Services.

Dogs must be at least 2 years old, comfortable with strangers and should be certified therapy dogs. If a dog isn't certified, Sandy told ABC 57 she can help people find an organization that will certify their dog so they can volunteer.

The therapy dogs greet people in the front lobby and visit patients in the intensive care unit, pediatrics, rehab, the radiation oncology center and other departments, the hospital's website said.

If you're interested in volunteering with your dog, call the hospital at 647-1000 and ask for volunteer services.

Read more about three of the volunteer dogs already at South Bend Memorial Hospital on ABC 57's website.