CHOP Facility Dog Program

CHOP facility dog and patient When a patient needs a little extra support, they may benefit from a visit from a CHOP facility dog.

These specially trained dogs work with Child Life staff members to help patients and families during hospitalization. The CHOP Facility Dog Program is a donor-funded program, and services are not billable to insurance. 

How Facility Dogs Can Help

A facility dog can:

  • Motivate patients to walk, eat or take their medicine
  • Comfort patients and families facing a chronic or life-changing illness
  • Help patients cope with the stress of hospitalization by providing unconditional love


To be eligible for a visit from a CHOP facility dog, patient must be:

  • Free from pet allergies
  • 3 years old or older
  • Having difficulty coping with hospitalization
  • Hospitalized for at least three days, with no anticipated discharge within the next 24 hours

Patients are not eligible for a facility dog visit if they or their roommate are on contact isolation/precautions.

Due to our strict infection prevention and control measures, facility dogs are not permitted to visit certain units in the hospital.

Request a Visit

Requests for a visit from a facility dog must be submitted by the patient’s primary child life specialist or bedside nurse.