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Pet Therapy Program

Child hugging a dog

Our pet therapy dogs work with their owners to bring cheer and comfort to our patients and families. Our pet therapy dogs come in a range of shapes and sizes – all breeds are welcome to join our volunteer community. Pet therapy dogs visit the main campus with their owners, typically once a week.

Every dog that visits our campus has a unique personality, but what they have in common is a love for physical touch and affection. Pet therapy teams spend time in unit playrooms, hospital common areas and patient rooms. They provide joy and cheer, can perform tricks or commands, and are a relaxing companions to our patients and families.

Visits are typically self-directed by the patient and range anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes depending on the need.