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Animal Visitation and Therapy Program

At Children’s National Hospital, we know it takes more than medicine to meet the needs of our patients and families. Our Animal Visitation and Therapy Program is an integral part of a patient’s healing. Animal Visitation and Therapy at Children’s National consists of two programs:

  • Our full time facility dogs
  • Dedicated volunteers and their registered therapy animals, who visit patients throughout the hospital

While both types of canine friends have an immeasurable impact on our patients and families, their goals are slightly different. 

Contact Us

Questions about animal visitation and pet therapy? Email our program coordinator Allison Proctor, MSW, or learn more below.

A young boy holds the leashes of two Children's National facility dogs as he stands next to them after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination.

Facility Dog Program

All three of our facility dogs began training for their jobs at just a few weeks old. Barney and Company are golden retrievers and Sprout is a yellow Labrador retriever.

Child hugging a dog

Pet Therapy Program

The Pet Therapy Program provides trained therapeutic dogs that visit patients at Children's National Hospital.