Love On a Leash

This exciting volunteer program at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center strives to enhance the experience of patients and visitors through dog visits. Love On a Leash dogs and their handlers are dedicated to bringing smiles and joy through their regular visits and participation in hospital events, such as Santa Day and Healthcare Heroes Camp.

How can my dog and I become a Love On a Leash team?

All volunteer dog tams at UH Portage Medical Center are required to pass an evaluation through the national non-profit organization, Pet Partners® to ensure the dog is appropriate for visiting in a healthcare setting. To learn about the steps required to become a registered Pet Partner Therapy Animal team, visit

What are some of the basic requirements for becoming a registered Pet Partner Therapy Animal team?

  • Your dog must be at least one year old, and have lived with you for at least six months. Handlers must be at least 18 years of age to visit alone.
  • Your dog needs to exhibit have good obedience skills:
    • Remains relatively disinterested in the presence of a neutral dog
    • Enjoys being petted and handled by many folks at the same time
    • Not bothered by a finger hooked in their mouth, or loud, sudden noises
    • Does not exhibit any stress reactions during these activities
  • Your dog does not: growl, bite, bark, whine, chase, attack or attempt to jump on a person or another animal.

For more information about Love On a Leash, the Pet Partner registration process and upcoming evaluations, contact UH Portage Medical Center Volunteer Services office at 330-297-2591.

Helpful Links

* Compliance training site
* Observation Application
* Watch OR Video
* Download OR Quiz

All observers are required to complete compliance training. Turn in confirmation page with completed observation application to the Observation Coordinator. For questions, call 330-297-2591.

Maps and Directions

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