Patients often feel isolated and even the most withdrawn seem to open up and let the barriers down when the visiting dogs from Pets as Therapy are around. These dogs bring everyday life closer and with it all the happy associations of home.
The companionship of an undemanding animal that gives unconditional love, is often one of the most missed aspects of a patient’s life.
Research continues to validate the very real value of this therapy in a hospice setting. Pets as Therapy owners and their dogs kindly volunteer their time with the aim of bringing comfort in addition to medical skills and nursing care.
This program is run in conjunction with the Delta Purina Pet Partners Program.
The Delta Purina Pet Partners Program takes pet therapy dogs to visit schools and hospitals as reported in the news story below, showing Max and visiting dog ‘Honey’ at Daw House Hospice (our previous location).
Play the video to see Pets as Therapy in action.