VITAS invites friendly and well-behaved pets to join the Paw Pals program, in which animals and their humans learn how to visit patients at the end of life. A registered VITAS Paw Pals visitor can offer comfort, bring back memories, encourage activity and provide unconditional love to VITAS patients.
“Pet therapy can sometimes reach a patient when no one else can,” says Jill Grissom, Manager of Volunteer Services. “Our Paw Pals brighten the day for everyone when they visit. I think even the animals know what an important function they fulfill.”
Paw Pals must be well-groomed and have up-to-date health records. For more information on VITAS Paw Pals program, contact Jill Grissom at (513) 742-7429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[VITAS Innovative Hospice Care is the nation's largest provider of end-of-life care. A pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, VITAS has been caring for the terminally ill and their families in the Greater Cincinnati area since 1995]