Patients, families and staff alike love the days our furry, four-legged friends pay us a visit. Who doesn’t like getting (and giving) unconditional love from an ultra-sweet dog?
We’re thankful that volunteer certified handlers and their highly trained pets come hang out with us, not only because it’s fun, but it helps children and families in so many ways.
And, as if the dogs aren't adorable enough, we give them their very own Nemours identification badges — just like the rest of our staff — and we've printed collectible trading cards for the kids with the dogs' pictures and info on them.
Animal-assisted activities have been proven to:
- reduce stress
- improve self-esteem
- lower blood pressure
- improve overall well-being
- and much more