Children’s Runs On Paw Power

All dogs are special, but at Children’s we have a furry fleet of 16 specially trained pups that truly go above and beyond to be a friend—and more—to those in need. They inspire confidence and instill strength. They provide comfort and companionship, and they bring out joy even in challenging situations.

As one of the only programs at Children’s that is 100% donor-funded, we rely on generous donors like you to help keep our dogs in tip-top shape.

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While most dogs are finding a spot of shade to nap the day away or jumping in their favorite swimming hole, our therapy dogs are on duty, visiting more than 300 patients each day.

Puppy Pioneer: Casper

For 3-year-old Emmy, visits from our very first therapy dog Casper made the difference between a holiday in the hospital and a holiday at home with her family. Emmy needed to walk before she could be discharged after surgery, but fear of pain kept her from trying.

That is, until Casper worked his magic. She held his leash as she took a few slow steps and then took off down the hall with Casper by her side. “I don’t believe Emmy would have been able to walk that day without Casper,” says Emmy’s mom.


This year, our beloved Canines For Kids puppy pioneer Casper is hanging up his vest. He and his handler, Lisa, are retiring after nine years of faithful service and it’s time for these two to turn in their employee badges and get some much-deserved R&R. 

Fortunately, Casper leaves behind a whole crew of two- and four-legged friends who will carry on his incredible legacy. We invite you to join them and carry on Casper's legacy.

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