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 Therapists have been evaluated, screened, and trained by our partner organizations: Caring Canines, Therapy Dogs International, Pets and People, Dog B.O.N.E.S., and The Delta Society.

Meet Our Pet Therapy Dogs 

Dogs in BIDMC's Pet Therapy Program

Dogs in BIDMC's pet therapy program

Dogs in BIDMC's Pet Therapy Program