Pet Therapy

Patient and Family Guide

Pet Therapy

Child Life Therapist Regina Yocum talks about the benefits of Pet Pals. 

Pet Pals brings volunteer dogs to American Family Children's Hospital to visit pediatric patients.

This program recruits, screens and trains teams of volunteer dogs and their owners to visit children who are patients at American Family Children's Hospital. Our goal is to provide these very special kids with safe and enjoyable visits from loving canine friends.

Pet Pals visits take place on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Can my dog be a Pet Pal?

Pet Pals participants receive general volunteer training at UW Children's Hospital and specialized training at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine.

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