Pet Therapy - Hospice of the North Coast

Pet Therapy

About Stevie

In a time of great sadness and grief, Hospice of the North Coast provides exceptional care to patients while supporting their family members at Pacifica House. Pacifica House is the only short term in-patient facility in North San Diego County created specifically for hospice patients and their families who require a higher level of skilled care to manage pain and symptoms. Far from a clinical atmosphere Pacifica House provides a warm and caring home-like environment for both the patient and the family to stay with their loved one. Hospice’s dedication to the best treatment methods and complimentary therapies led them to seek a TLCAD facility dog, to provide patients and family members with the calming and therapeutic effects of the human-canine connection.

Stevie was trained by inmate trainers in the POOCH program, who equipped her with the skills to perform a variety of tasks and behaviors. Stevie was born on October 12, 2014 and remained in the POOCH program until February 14, 2017.

Whether she is visiting a patient bed side or sitting in the family room with loved ones, Stevie’s calm and friendly demeanor brings an element of comfort during a very difficult time. Her ability to perform custom trained cues and behaviors allows her to support patients and family members in a variety of ways, from simply being there to be pet and loved on to providing deep pressure input. A long-term goal for Stevie’s placement is to study the effects she has on patients’ well-being.


Pet Therapy Volunteers play an important role as part of the patient care team. Do you have a certified pet therapy dog? Do you and your therapy dog have some time to brighten someone’s day? If so, your kindness and compassion could mean the world to patients living in North County San Diego.

Hospice of the North Coast invites you to share the unconditional love you and your pet have to offer with patients in facilities. Please submit an online application if pet therapy volunteering is for you.

Requirements include:

  • Patient Care Volunteer Requirements, please click here.
  • Proof of current pet certification with one of the national therapy dog registries who provide traditional pet therapy certification such as Love on a Leash, Pet Therapy International,
  • The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Delta Society, PAWS, Therapy Dogs International.
  • Proof of current dog license.
  • Proof of liability insurance through your certifying organization.
  • Proof of current vaccinations, including Rabies and Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Par Influenza (DHPP).
  • Proof of yearly veterinary exam