To help ensure the safety of our patients, their families, our employees, and our volunteers, and in adherence to the CDC guidelines, we have made the decision to suspend all volunteer activity at Cincinnati Children’s indefinitely. We will provide updates when we are able to resume regular programming.

When children are in the hospital, a huggable new friend can raise their spirits. Our Dog Visitation Program brings comfort and affection to children and families during a stressful or lonely time.

To participate in this volunteer program, you must be at least 21 years old. Your dog must:

  • Be at least 1 year old
  • Have lived with you for at least one year
  • Pass a behavioral evaluation given by Cincinnati Children’s

Behavioral evaluations for dogs take place only once a year, usually in January or February. You may have to wait before your dog can be evaluated. Please be patient; we want and encourage your participation.

You can have your name put on our waiting list for the next evaluation. In the meantime, review the “Is My Dog Ready to Volunteer?” checklist and complete the Dog Visitation Program Application. You will be contacted in December to set up an appointment for your dog.