Dog Therapy Service Banner Estrella Medical Center
One of our most appreciated volunteer services is our STAR DOG Progam. . Each STAR DOG team consists of a registered Therapy Dog and its volunteer handler/owner. We call the dogs "therapists" because of their ability to raise the spirits of patients and staff alike.
Physical Benefits: Studies have shown that petting a dog can improve a person’s blood pressure and heart rate, and can actually release endorphins that can block pain.
Patients can relax when a therapy dog is present and petting a dog can calm a person who is angry, afraid, upset or depressed
Morale Booster: A visit with a therapy dog may help a patient feel less lonely or depressed. Dogs have a way of accepting without qualification just the way you are. Because of that, most people can’t help but feel happy when they see a happy dog!
Qualifications of Therapy Dogs
STAR DOGS can be any breed as long as they have a good temperament and are certified as a Thearpy Dog. Therapy dogs are characteristically friendly, calm, loving, and obedient. Insurance coverage is provided to dog and volunteer handler/owner teams serving in a volunteer capacity.
If you and your dog would like to be a STAR with Banner Estrella Medical Center Please contact us for more information about our STAR DOG program.
Kathy Hoskins 623-327-7088
- People Skills
- Animal Therapy
- Relationship Building
- Family Therapy
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Open to fit your schedule