Trained volunteers and their dogs in the Good Samaritan Medical Center pet therapy program bring joy to all of our patients. 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.
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 those who are hospitalized beyond what their human family members and our hospital team can.
For more information on Good Samaritan Medical Center’s pet therapy program or to find out how to volunteer for the program, contact our volunteer department at 561-650-6216.