The Cincinnati Children’s Facility Dog Program is made possible by generous support from caring individuals, businesses and organizations. No fees are charged to our patients and families. Your support ensures that this program serves patients for years to come. Give today.
At Cincinnati Children’s, we have professional trained facility dogs on staff through a partnership with Canine Assistants, Inc. and Canine Companions for Independence, non-profit organizations that raise and train service dogs for people with physical disabilities and other special needs. A team of Cincinnati Children’s employees has been trained as the dogs’ handlers. Their job is to help patients achieve specific goals while at the hospital while reducing stress and anxiety.
Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy
- Provide positive therapeutic experiences in a stressful hospital environment.
- Provide a great distraction for patients, which can reduce anxiety and help kids’ coping skills.
- Offer a sense of unconditional love and acceptance.
- Normalize the hospital experience by making it feel more like home.
- Motivate patients to reach specific goals, such as walking, taking medicine and eating.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, golden retrievers Leica, Chevy, and Trinity became part of the Cincinnati Children’s family. On this page you will meet members of our Canine Comfort program who bring joy and relaxation to patients, families and staff.