Get a closer look at the facility dogs and dedicated volunteer dogs that provide pet therapy services to Children's Health patients and families.
PetSmart Charities Pet-Assisted Therapy Dog program
PetSmart Charities Pet-Assisted Therapy Dog program 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 Charities we have expanded our existing pet-assisted therapy program to provide more dogs for more patients more days of the week. The funds provided by PetSmart Charities is a five-year commitment.
With additional philanthropic support, Children‘s Medical Center 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.
PetSmart Charities Pet-Assisted Therapy Dog program at Children’s Health helps deliver the comfort of home to patients’ hospital rooms, ambulatory clinic and playrooms.
Learn how the PetSmart Charities Pet-Assisted Therapy Dog program impacts patients, families and staff every day at Children's Health.