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Wolfson Children's Hospital Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy

Trained volunteers and their dogs in the Wolfson Children's pet therapy program bring joy to children of all ages. Patients are able to interact safely with the dogs and receive their unconditional love, making their hospital stay less stressful and more like home. Pet visits also help to reduce anxiety and provide much-needed distraction from illness and hospitalization.

Wolfson Children's Auxiliary

Pet Therapy is a program of the Wolfson Children's Hospital Auxiliary.

More Than Just Wagging Tails

Eagerly awaiting the wagging tails that come bouncing down the hospital halls on their scheduled days, it's not surprising that the patients, families and staff become attached to the special dogs in the pet therapy program. But pet therapy does more than elicit giggles. Dogs provide a therapeutic value to hospitalized children beyond what their human family members and our hospital team can.

To participate in pet therapy, call our Auxiliary at 904.202.8008.

Become a Volunteer

Learn more about volunteering with our pet therapy program.

Wolfson Children's Auxiliary

Pet Therapy is a program of the Wolfson Children's Hospital Auxiliary.

Wolfson Children's Hospital Pet Therapy

Family Dog Visits

Our Healing Paws dog visitation program lets long-term patients visit with their family pet in a special room at the hospital. It's for kids who have been in the hospital 5+ days or in an end-of-life situation. The program has special requirements and is a collaboration between the Auxiliary and the Child Life department.

Healing Paws Guidelines

Your dog is an important part of your family and can play an important part in helping your child feel better. To arrange a visit with your dog, please read the information below.

    • Dogs only
    • Puppies must be at least 12 weeks old and potty trained
    • Your doctor must write an order for the visit
    • Visits limited to 30 minutes