Caring Canines

Photo of a Caring Canines volunteer and her dog

Caring Canines volunteer Sandy and dog Benji

Caring Canines is a formal animal-assisted activities program launched in September 2011 at both the Phoenix and Scottsdale campuses of Mayo Clinic.

The program seeks specially trained and certified dogs to provide companionship and comfort to radiation oncology patients at Mayo Clinic.


To be eligible for Caring Canines:

  • Handlers must be at least 21 years old
  • Handlers and dogs must be certified by Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society)
  • Dogs must be up to date on mandatory vaccinations
  • Handlers and dogs must have previous experience in a health care setting

Application process

To apply for Caring Canines, complete and submit the online application. A paper copy of the application is also available in the Volunteer Services office at the Scottsdale campus and the Information Desk at the Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic.

After you submit your application, Volunteer Services will contact you to schedule an interview.


  • Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services
    5777 E. Mayo Blvd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85054
  • Fax: 480-342-2141
  • Email: