Pet Therapy

Children's offers pet therapy programs to help ease patients' anxiety and promote shorter recovery times.

Our service dogs have provided countless meaningful experiences for patients, families and staff. If you would like to help us expand our program, donate securely online. Proceeds will go toward adding more dogs to our hospitals and putting even more smiles on our patients’ faces.

Video: Dog's-Eye View

Dog's-Eye ViewView

Get a sneak peak as we follow one of our therapy dogs, Casper, while he visits patients.


    Casper"Casper is the only thing that took Emily's mind off her pain and her problems. It's amazing to see an animal have such an impact on a child's wellbeing and ability to cope."  – Emily’s mother

    Read about a day in the life of a facility dog.

    "I had surgery on a kidney stone. I was scared. After it was over, I met Casper. He made me happy and turned my frown upside down. I think that Casper has magical powers."  – Jimmy, 10 years old

    Share Your Story

    Do you have an inspirational story about the care your child has received at Children's and your experience with our pet therapy dogs? Tell us about it.


Canine Assistants trains our service dogs. Pups from Happy Tails Pet Therapy also visit our hospitals. Happy Tails volunteers share the love of their pets with our patients. Children's notifies patients when Happy Tails' dogs and owners are visiting, so they can interact with the dogs.