Meet Cyrus, Meatloaf and Cooper, three of the dogs bringing smiles to patients and families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The dogs — and their volunteer handlers Domenick, Tori and Fran — are part of the Gerald B. Shreiber Pet Therapy Program, an innovative program funded by generous donors.
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Clinicians say the therapy dogs help children cope with the emotional aspects of their illnesses; families say the dogs offer kids a welcome distraction, reassurance and acceptance.
Please consider making a gift in support of Child Life initiatives that typically aren't funded by insurance, like pet therapy. With your contribution today, we will be able to take extraordinary steps to help ease children's fears, manage their pain, and, best of all, help them get well and make breakthroughs, big and small.