Dogs on Call Seeks Volunteers

Published January 23, 2012 / by Steve Berentson

Dogs on Call is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization comprised of certified therapy dog teams. Certified therapy dogs are dogs that have passed a number of tests for temperament and behavior and are certified and insured by a national organization to serve the community with their owners. Dogs On Call (DOC) has many programs running in various venues throughout Skagit County and North Whidbey, including schools, YMCA programs, Boys and Girls clubs, public libraries, elder care centers, and the Skagit Valley Hospital Children’s Therapy Department. Co-founders are Deb Hall and Sarah Broderick.

“We are constantly recruiting for dog owners (and cats too!) who might be interested in this wonderful volunteerism and would like help determining whether their pet is suitable,” said Hall. “We assist in the entire process and are dedicated to mentoring new teams as well as serving new venues who might want to include canine-assisted therapies and/or activities for their populations.”

For more information about this organization, please visit their website:… and/or email Hall at

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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