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Pet Therapy Program

What is the Pet Therapy Visitation program

A program of pet therapy to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and a sense of well-being among hospitalized patients.

The Pet Therapy Visitation Program is a collaborative program between the Departments of Volunteer Services, Social Work and Nursing. Research studies suggest that interaction with healthy, well-behaved pets (specifically, dogs) can improve a patient’s mood, lower blood pressure and heart rate and stimulate other factors favorable to healing. As well, pet therapy programs have been shown to improve staff morale.

Our Pet Organizations: Caring Canines, Therapy Dogs International, The Delta Society.

Meet Our Pet Therapists

caringDogsCaring Dogs Bear, Miko and Cosmo CaringDogs

Contact Information

Volunteer Services
Shannon Lawson, Program Coordinator
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Gryzmish 210
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215