Animal-assisted Therapy Program
Animals have a unique ability to raise the spirits of patients. Our Animal-Assisted Therapy Program provides canine companionship to our patients in a variety of hospital units. Research demonstrates psychological and physiological benefits from such human-animal interaction, and a visit from one of our pet therapy dogs can be a good distraction from a patient’s illness or pain.
The Animal-Assisted Therapy Program uses only registered therapy dogs. A trained evaluator has tested these animals in areas such as temperament and obedience. A current health record for each dog is kept on file. Pet therapy visits are held three or four times a month on each unit. We also try to honor any and all special requests.
Opportunities to Help
The Animal-Assisted Therapy Program is made possible through grants and contributions. If you would like to make a donation to the program, please contact the Office of Philanthropy at 215-481-4438.
If you are interested in joining our Animal-Assisted Therapy Program and would like more information, please contact the Volunteer Resources office at 215-481-2490.