Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program

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Dog Therapy Program


It’s hard to overstate the impact of the therapy dog program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. One of the most inclusive and innovative programs of its kind anywhere, the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program visits all in-patient hospital units, including the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Acute, and the Neonatal and Infants Critical Care Unit. We also visit several outpatient clinics.

In addition to comforting thousands of patients every year through one-on-one bedside visits, the dogs lift the spirits of families, visitors and staff in every corner of the hospital campus.

Unlike any other pediatric facility in the region, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles incorporates dogs into physical therapy and pain management strategies, palliative care programs, and distraction efforts for patients participating in long treatments in the dialysis or ambulatory infusion center.

Dogs have been a vital part of the culture at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2001. What began as three dogs visiting three times a week in one 30-bed unit has expanded to more than 60 dogs now volunteering for shifts that range from early morning to night, seven days a week, all year round.

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Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program  
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd., MS #3
Los Angeles, CA 90027 
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