The Hospital’s collaboration with Mars Petcare will see the development of a fund that will be used to support a full-time facility dog and an accompanying human staff position. The effort comes as part of Mars Petcare’s Better Cities for Pets program which seeks to bring the benefits of pets to cities across the United States.
Currently, the Hospital relies on local therapy animal teams to provide animal-assisted therapies to its patients. However, demand for therapy animal teams has outpaced the availability of local teams. The hiring of a dedicated facility dog will allow the Hospital to provide animal-assisted therapies to more patients on a more consistent basis.
“While the benefits of pets have been well documented, never before have we studied the positive impact of a facility dog on the length of a patient’s hospital stay or the cost of care. That’s why we’re honored to join efforts with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital—and their staff who work tirelessly every day to improve the lives of their patients—to bring this program to life. It’s hard to imagine a group more deserving of a dog’s love than these children and their families.”
— Mark Johnson, Regional President, Mars Petcare North America