The Paws for Hope Pet-Assisted Therapy Program presented by Petsmart Charities at Children’s Medical Center helps deliver the comfort of home to patients’ hospital rooms, ambulatory clinic and playrooms. The power of an animal to promote positive coping in an unfamiliar or even scary environment during challenging situations is amazing. The benefits of pet-assisted therapy can also include:
Reduction of anxiety
Lowered blood pressure
Better focus and fewer distractions
Normalization of the hospital environment
Thanks to a generous donation from PetSmart we have expanded our existing pet-assisted therapy program under their Paws for Hope name to provide more dogs for more patients more days of the week. The Paws for Hope presented by Petsmart Charities gift represents a five-year commitment from the company.
With additional philanthropic support, Children‘s Medical Foundation’s goal is to build a $5 million endowment to sustain the program in perpetuity. Children’s Health proudly partners with organizations dedicated to providing trained, certified animals and their handlers to Children’s Medical Center.