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Animal-Assisted Therapies

Animal-assisted therapies are one of the most well-received volunteer programs at Rex.

"It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?"
     - Eleanor H. Porter

"I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better."
     - George Bird Evans

"Dogs have the soul of a philosopher."
     - Plato

"Dogs are not our whole life, they make our lives whole."
     - Roger Caras

Patients enjoy visits from animal-assisted therapy volunteers.

Interested in bringing your dog to visit Rex patients? Your pet must meet the following criteria:

  • Be one year of age or older
  • Be trained and certified in obedience by Therapy Dogs, Incorporated or Pet Partners (owners must also maintain membership with any of these agencies)
  • Pass the screening questionnaire completed by the owner and veterinarian
  • Provide proof from a veterinarian of current vaccinations, overall good physical health and a stable, tolerant temperament without signs of aggression toward people or other dogs
  • Be able to handle a reasonable amount of stress including loud noises, sudden movements and equipment (canes, walkers, etc.) used in the facility
  • Receive on-going preventive therapy for fleas and heartworm

Animal-assisted therapy volunteers visit many different departments at Rex.

Ready to Volunteer?

Contact the animal-assisted therapy coordinator in the Volunteer Services Department at (919) 784-2297.