Making a Paws-itive Impact at WAH
Our Pet Therapy Program was created to help ease the stress, fear or anxiety some patients and visitors may feel when coming to the hospital.
Once a week a handler and his/her dog visit the hospital. They visit inpatients who have been screened by their nurse/physician and have consented to a visit. The dog and handler also visit patients and visitors in the waiting rooms. Hospital employees also enjoy pet therapy visits.
The handler always asks if someone would like to pet the dog. The reaction to pet therapy has been very positive. Gary Olson brings his Black Lab, Raven, for pet therapy. He had a patient say, “you have made my day by bringing your dog here today.”
According to PAWS for People, a non-profit that provides pet therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy has many physical and mental health benefits, including lowered blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health, release or endorphins that provide a calming effect, decreased physical pain, lifted spirits, reduced boredom, and decreased feelings of isolation.
The hospital currently has three dogs and their ‘humans’ participating in the weekly pet therapy program. If you have a calm, friendly and obedient dog and are interested in pet therapy testing and guidelines click here or contact Kim Armstrong at 831-0615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Gary (Owner) & Raven||Waffles and Melanie (Owner)||Jill (Owner) and Barley|
You left your paw prints on all of our hearts.