Membership in SCCV offers a wide range of benefits to graduates of our outstanding training program. In a program where our members may not see each other very often, we strive to provide communication and social gatherings that keep us in touch with each other and up to date on pet-therapy related news.

SCCV has an outstanding reputation within the community. Many of the facilities and events our volunteers visit are restricted to SCCV members because of our reputation for well-trained and well-behaved dogs and our emphasis on the safety of our dogs and the people they meet.

Member Benefits
  • Training – the best training available for you and your dog, specifically tailored to pet therapy for obedience-trained dogs
  • Guidance – a network of experienced members to offer advice and guidance after training to help you get started
  • Visiting Opportunities – over 40 facilities where you can visit with people of all ages and states of health under SCCV auspices
  • Special Events – community outreach activities at schools, colleges and conferences
  • Liability Insurance – at our approved facilities, should you ever need it
  • Newsletter – the “Scentinel,” keeping members in touch with each other, written to amuse and inform
  • Fellowship – visit with other teams, celebrate new graduates, enjoy holidays, or participate in community outreach events
Costs to Members
  • New Member/Training Fee: $15
  • Annual Membership Dues: $25 Single, $37.50 Family
  • Annual Liability Insurance: $25 first dog, $5 each additional dog
  • Veterinary Fees: (variable) associated with requirements for annual health certificate

Requirements and Expectations

  • Active members must report a minimum of 36 annual hours at approved, insured facilities or events
  • A health certificate signed by a veterinarian, must be renewed and submitted annually, for each therapy dog
  • Annual Dues and Insurance Fees must be paid yearly on or before May 1


 “The Pet Therapy Dogs and their owners at SCCV have been a vital part to providing care and nurturing to our patients and staff. Presbyterian is so appreciative of the time and dedication of the volunteers that work with us to provide quality service to all they interact with on their visits. We are truly lucky as an organization to have the SCCV Therapy Teams at Presbyterian Healthcare Services.” 

 Jacqueline Snow, Director of Volunteer Services, Presbyterian Healthcare Services