In the fall of 2004, St. Mary's started a pet therapy program with a single team visiting a few units. Teams are made up of a dog and their owner, both of whom are volunteers. Today, the program is up to 25 teams, visiting many units in the hospital (and off-site at St. Mary's Renal Center), and the program continues to grow.
Teams visit at various times during the weekday, evening, and weekend. If you see the teams around the hospital, feel free to come up and interact with them, as these dogs are for “hugging and petting” and are not service dogs.
Special requests for visits can be made to Volunteer Services and if a team is available and allowed on the unit, a visit will be arranged. Please contact 608-258-6640.
Learn more about how to get involved in pet therapy.
Download our program brochure (pdf)