Children's Mercy's facility dogs provide comfort, motivation and smiles to our patients and families. Our dogs are born and raised at a non-profit organization called Canine Assistants, Inc. in Milton, GA. Their special training and calming presence make them a paw-fect match for our program.
What do the facility dogs do?
Studies show that dogs can reduce stress and help people feel better. Spending time with a dog can help the hospital feel more like home. For some children, there's no better medicine than snuggling in bed with a warm fluffy friend.
The dogs spend their days helping patients reach goals. Each patient has their own set of goals that are related to why they are in the hospital. For example, one patient’s goal might be walking after surgery, while another patient’s goal might be working hard to feel less scared in the hospital.
Outside of work, the dogs live with their primary handlers. When the dogs are not at the hospital, they relax and spend time with their families.
How can I meet a facility dog?
Our facility dogs are popular pups who spend their time helping patients and families who need them most!
If you think your child would benefit from a facility dog visit, please contact one of our child life specialists. They will work with our facility dog handlers to assess your child’s need for a visit. While we do our best to meet all requests, we cannot promise a visit.
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The Children's Mercy Facility Dog Program is made possible by generous support from caring individuals, businesses and organizations. For more information about the Children's Mercy Facility Dog Program contact Missy Stover at email@example.com or (816) 234-3609.