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Join the Pet Hug Pack®

Is your dog or cat an excellent Pet Hug Pack® candidate? Are you interested in becoming a Pet Hug Pack® volunteer? Consider joining the Pet Hug Pack® and bringing wet noses and unconditional love to people in need of comfort. 

Get started

Please read the document How to Become a Pet Hug Pack® (PHP) Volunteer. This document outlines requirements for you and your pet.

Send in an application

Please print the Pet Hug Pack® application and mail it to: Tony La Russa’s ARF, Attention: Pet Hug Pack® Coordinator, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Spay/Neuter: In keeping with ARF’s mission and belief that overpopulation is a key factor in our homeless animal problem, PHP animals must be spayed or neutered prior to assessment.

Vaccinations: Vaccination certificates/shot records must be attached and if accepted onto the team, must be resubmitted annually.

Canine Good Citizen Test and Training (Dogs Only)

All canine members of the Pet Hug Pack® must pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test or hold a CGC certificate earned in the last 24 months. The CGC program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for guardians and basic good manners for dogs. Three ways to meet this requirement are:

ARF training course: ARF offers a 7-week training course for the CGC test. Please see the schedule of dog training classes for upcoming dates and fees.

Test at ARF: If you feel your dog can pass all 10 test components without taking the training course, you may arrange to take the test only. Contact ARF’s Dog Training department to schedule your CGC test.

Test outside ARF: The CGC test can be administered at another AKC approved test site. A copy of the test results must be provided to the Pet Hug Pack® Coordinator.  

Attend an ARF volunteer information session

Pet Hug Pack® members are first and foremost, ARF volunteers. Members of the public will view you as a representative of the organization and will expect you to be knowledgeable of ARF’s programs. This two-hour orientation will provide you with an overview of ARF’s history, mission, goals, and programs. View upcoming sessions and register

Pet Hug Pack® evaluation

All animal/handler teams must pass an assessment conducted by the Pet Hug Pack® Coordinator. To schedule this assessment please contact the Pet Hug Pack® Coordinator or call (925) 296-3176.

Attend a Pet Hug Pack® Information class
Scheduled after your pet's evaluation

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