This position requires you have your own certified therapy dog trained to work in a hospital environment. We know that spending time with pets makes us feel good and enriches our lives. The Pet Therapy Program taps the benefits of this interaction to decrease a patient's stress and enhance the health care experience by providing visits with your certified therapy dog trained to work in a hospital environment. The dogs make a difference to the staff and families of patients, as well.
Additional benefits of pet therapy are:
Positive therapeutic experiences to help minimize the stress of the hospital environment.
Reduced anxiety and enhanced coping skills by providing a distraction from illness and hospitalization.
Increased normalization of the hospital experience by making it more "home-like."
If you have a certified pet therapy dog and are interested in volunteering at a Care New England facility, submit a volunteer application.