Pet Therapy

“The same joy my dog brings to me, she can bring to others—just with her eyes, her touch and her presence. It’s one of the great pleasures in my life to bring comfort hospice patients and their families.” 

Cathy D., Pet Therapy Volunteer

Physical benefits of pet therapy

A simple visit from a gentle dog can produce significant health benefits.

  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Releasing calming endorphins
  • Relieving pain
  • Decreasing stress
  • Increasing relaxation

The emotional benefits are just as important

  • Reducing depression, anxiety and loneliness
  • Encouraging communication
  • Providing an uplifting break
  • Creating a physical connection through touch
  • Sparking memories of beloved family pets
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