Become A Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Pets on Wheels of Scottsdale, it’s recommended that you review Volunteer Guidelines and A Good Therapy Dog to become comfortable from the start. Only you know your dog’s personality best.

All dogs (or other pets) must be at least one year of age, altered, current [home] State and/or County Pet License and up to date on all vaccinations. A Pet Health Exam must be completed by a veterinarian and submitted with background check form and application fee. Pet Health Exams must be renewed annually; reminders are sent out. Dogs should be interested in interacting with people and be friendly towards other dogs.

There is a one time application fee is $75.00.  The fee covers costs for background checks, a logo bandanna, a safety lead, ID badge and logo tee shirt. Our program includes liability insurance while on site, quarterly meetings, quarterly newsletters, fund raising public events and an awards program.

There is a monthly orientation meeting for potential volunteers and their dogs. These meetings with the President [or appointed volunteer] will present an overview of the program and give us a first look at your pet. Dates for these meetings are posted on our Calendar.

Interested volunteers should contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Carol Semon, at 480-312-1741 for additional information. Application forms will be mailed from the office. Copies are also available at the FORMS side bar menu.


  • Review informative links.
  • Secure forms / Confirm Meeting – attendance space may be limited.
  • Attend Orientation Meeting with your pet.
  • Pet Health Exam completed by Vet.
  • Submit Application Fee, Background Check Form & Pet Health Exam form.

With all documents in order, an evaluation of your dog and orientation of the designated care center is conducted with a trained evaluator. 

Major problems which may indicate your dog is not ready are: tugging, pulling on the lead, persistently sniffing the floor, aggression, shyness, uncontrolled barking or general disinterest.  Any of these issues would lead to a failed evaluation.

Upon passing, Pets on Wheels of Scottsdale, will issue a “Certification of Volunteer-Pet Team” for the Health Care Centers we serve. Pets on Wheels of Scottsdale is also listed on the AKC Therapy Dog Program for approved sources.