Pet Therapy Banner Estrella Medical Center


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9201 W Thomas RoadPhoenix, AZ 85037


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

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Open to fit your schedule

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