The Pet Pals program brings joy and fun to families at Children’s Mercy through individual and group animal-assisted activities. The program has been serving families in the hospital for more than 20 years.
Once a week, kids and families who are staying overnight at the Adele Hall Campus can come together to interact with our group of hospital volunteers and their trained and certified dogs. Pet Pals provides motivation for patients to get out of their rooms and visit with many different dog breeds—usually 6-8 dogs per session. Whether a child needs relaxation and stress relief, or playfulness and fun, chances are, we’ll have a dog for that! Patients can also have their photo taken with a dog of their choice and collect Pet Pals trading cards from week to week.
Pet Pals volunteers bring their dogs to the Adele Hall and Children’s Mercy Kansas locations 1-2 times per week to visit patients in their rooms.
*Patient participation in both group and individual sessions is determined by Patient and Family Support Services and Nursing.