We visit patients in the hospital who request a visit with our pet therapy dogs. This visit takes patients minds off of their problems and lets them focus on the pets they once had or have now and miss. We may be the patient’s only visitor. We let our dogs offer unconditional love and affection to those who need it and fill a void that exists while hospitalized.
We work with physical therapists to aid in movement of patients who are recuperating from surgery, stroke or other injuries. Patients forget their pain when working with our dogs and feel a sense of achievement. Working with a dog gives the patients an incentive to move around, which helps with the recovery. It is a much needed distraction. As one patient stated, "There are all kinds of therapy here, but pet therapy is my favorite!"