• Dog Visitation Program for Volunteers

    When children are in the hospital, a huggable new friend can raise their spirits. The Dog Visitation Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center brings comfort and affection to children and families during a stressful or lonely time.

    To participate in this volunteer program, you must be at least 21 years old. Your dog must:

    • Be at least 1 year old
    • Have lived with you for at least one year
    • Pass a behavioral evaluation given by Cincinnati Children’s

    Behavioral evaluations for dogs take place only once a year, usually in January and February. You may have to wait before your dog can be evaluated. Please be patient; we want and encourage your participation.

    You may have your name put on our waiting list for the next evaluation. In the meantime, review the “Is My Dog Ready to Volunteer?” checklist and complete the Dog Visitation Program Application. You will be contacted in December to set up an appointment for your dog.


  • Meet our Dogs

    A photo of a volunteer dog named Abby with Child Life Assistant.

    Our Dog Visitation Program is so successful because of the four-legged friends who staff the program.

    Meet the Dogs
  • Program Application

    A photo of volunteer dog named Abby with patient at Cincinnati Children's.
    If you are interested in volunteering for the Dog Visitation Program, review the “Is My Dog Ready to Volunteer?” checklist. Complete this form to be contacted for our next set of behavioral evaluations.