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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Patient Pets: Hospital Allows Cats and Dogs

Nov 30, 2016 12:33PM

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Pet dogs and cats are visiting with their seriously ill owners, reducing stress and improving morale, at the Juravinski Hospital, in Hamilton, Ontario. The Zachary’s Paws for Healing program, the first of its kind in Canada, was founded by Zachary Noble and his aunt, Donna Jenkins.

Before each visit, the animals are thoroughly cleaned so as not to introduce harmful germs, and brought in on covered, wheeled carts away from all other patients during their one-hour weekly visits. The all-volunteer program plans to offer foster care to pet owners that enter the hospital for treatment.


Learn more at ZacharysPawsForHealing.com.


This article appears in the December 2016 issue of Natural Awakenings.

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