Animal-assisted Therapy Program
Animals have an amazing ability to raise the spirits of patients. The Animal-assisted Therapy Program provides therapeutic companionship to patients in a variety of hospital units, as well as to some of our homebound patients. Research shows that interactions between humans and animals have positive psychological and physiological benefits for hospitalized and
A visit from a pet therapy dog can be a good distraction from a patient's illness or pain, and it can bring a positive change to a homebound patient's daily routine. Interaction with animals encourages activity in patients.
- The program uses only certified pet therapy dogs. A trained evaluator has tested these animals in areas such as temperament and obedience. A current health record for each dog is kept on file.
- Visits are held three to four times per month on each unit.
- The program coordinator and the patient schedule homebound patient visits.
- The program is presented to schools and community groups.
Opportunities to Help
The Animal-assisted Therapy Program is made possible through grants and contributions. Please contact the Fund Development Department at 215-481-4438 for information about making a donation to this program.
If you would like information about volunteering and the pet certification program, please call 215-481-5985.
For More Information
Volunteer Resources Department
Abington Memorial Hospital
1200 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001
Or download our application