Pet Pals is a pet therapy program that uses trained volunteers and their adult dogs to make short, in room visits to adults and children who would like the company of a furry friend!
Pet therapy has been found to have several benefits for children and adults. Pet therapy can reduce stress, promote healing, lower blood pressure, and lift spirits. In addition, pet therapy provides a comforting source of healing touch for children and adults in the hospital.
Several different breeds are involved in the Pet Pals program at University Hospitals. All Pet Pals dogs have undergone a veterinary examination and a behavioral screening test, and all dogs are bathed before each visit. The Pet Pals visit Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For information on volunteering with the Pet Pals program, please contact the Volunteer Office at 216-844-1504.