The primary responsibility of a chapter leader is to encourage and support members as they make visits. Chapter Leaders ensure that therapy teams in their chapter are properly certified through the National Office. Chapter leaders have a responsibility to their community to provide quality Therapy Teams to facilities and programs and insure that each team meets Love on a Leash® guidelines.
Chapter Leaders are responsible for deciding which of their members are suitable to be a Visit Captain. Chapter members may be designated a Visit Captain at the Chapter Leader’s discretion.
We require that all Chapter Leaders be certified members of Love on a Leash® for a minimum of one year (or be Continuing Members in good standing). The National office of Love on a Leash® should be notified of any change in chapter leadership within 30 days. Chapter Leaders are not to receive any pay or other compensation in their role as a Chapter Leader. They cannot personally make money by virtue of being affiliated with Love on a Leash®—we are strictly a volunteer organization.
Therapy work is a great responsibility. Chapter leaders set goals, educate, lead, and set the example for their chapter members. Chapter leaders remind members that therapy pet work is a service. In order to provide this service, each team must adhere to certain policies to protect those whom we visit as well as those who are doing the visiting. Chapter Leaders will also assist National with dissemination of any updates.