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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.

Therapy Dogs

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.

Volunteer with Us


Download an Application

Please mail your application to:

1200 Old York Rd.
Abington, PA 19001
Attn: Volunteer Resources

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