Bruno, Mikka and Tim Johnson's DOG THERAPY Fund Raising Page!
On April 11th, 2019 CHLA celebrated a streak of having at least one therapy dog visit the hospital every day for the last 4 years. This is an amazing feat and all our volunteers, people and dogs alike, are determined to keep the streak going well past the four-year mark!!
There are currently 127 dogs and 132 humans in the program. In 2018, we welcomed 32 new teams, said goodbye to 22 teams, and renewed 39 teams here at CHLA. On average 1305 patients per month receive dog therapy visits at their bedside, dialysis or infusion centers and 62 physical therapy visits per month. Between interactions with patients, families, visitors, staff, and attendees at special events, our therapy dogs directly reached 89,196 people last year, that is 16,000 more visits than 2017!!!
This program runs entirely by donation and yours will help cover the costs of evaluations, orientations, extensive personalized training, scheduling, special request honoring, special event participation, scarves, badges, collars and leashes for every dog, polo shirts and aprons for every human, trading cards for every dog, hand sanitizer, reimbursement towards annual vet exams and therapy team re-registration fees, and many other things essential to making it safe and rewarding to have a robust dog therapy program for the CHLA community.
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