Sometimes it takes more than medicine to meet the needs of the patients who are treated at All Children’s Hospital. Certified therapy dogs make rounds to provide their own kind of special care. In a hospital setting, the appearance of a dog can certainly change the atmosphere and provide a positive focus for patients, their families and staff alike. For those few minutes that the therapy dog is interacting with the patient, their mind is free of anxiety and stress related to their medical condition. This lightened mood can carry over to the rest of the day.
How the Program Works
Pet Owner and Dog complete interview/screening for the program
Dogs must be at least one year of age
Dogs must be certified through a Pet Therapy Certifying organization such as Therapy Dogs International or the Delta Society.
Proof of annual health exams by a licensed veterinarian is required along with a record of current required vaccinations.
Owner must be 18 years of age and a member of a cooperating pet therapy organization
Owner must apply to become a hospital volunteer and if accepted, attend required orientation programs.
Pet Therapy visits are pre-scheduled
Pet Therapy visits are made to patients who are both medically able and who express a desire for the visit.
How to get involved:
For more information or to apply to participate in the program, contact Luci Weber, Director, Child Life Department at 727-767-4325.