If you love spending time with your pet and enjoy making people smile, Paws for Patients is looking for you!
A volunteer program of the Harris Health System, Paws for Patients is an animal-assisted activity and therapy curriculum that brings together people and their pets to enhance the therapeutic environment for patients at Ben Taub Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Quentin Mease Hospital.
The hospital pet therapy program improves the hospital experience for patients by using well-behaved animals to provide comfort and stimulation, promote their participation in daily activities and provide them opportunities for social interaction.
Because the animals undergo training to become therapy dogs, the program offers safe physical contact between patients and animals, promotes communication and strengthens the bond between humans and man’s best friend.
Through the program, volunteers and their pets visit adult and pediatric patients in an animal-assisted activity called “meet and greet.” Animal-assisted therapy also is beneficial for patients working to increase range of motion, strengthen hand-eye coordination, build muscle tone and enhance mobility.
For more information on getting your pet trained, and to learn how you and your pet can join our volunteer team, call Liz Tise at 713-873-2203.
You’ll be glad you did. No bones about it!
Animals must be certified through a Harris Health System approved AAA/AAT organization and have up-to-date vaccinations from their veterinarian.
Please contact one of the following organizations for certification information.
Caring Critters, www.caringcritters.org
Delta Society, www.deltasociety.org
Therapy Dogs International, www.tdi-dog.org