🐾 Paws for Patients 🐾
The Osborne Head and Neck Foundation (OHNF) is a medical nonprofit providing life-saving ear, nose, and throat surgical care for families in need. Paws For Patients is our therapy dog program that improves the lives of our patients, and builds connections with the community through the power of animal therapy.
Paws For Patients was launched in March 2020, and quickly evolved into a way to provide an online outlet for those at home needing a dose of happiness during these challenging times. Through partnerships with online children’s reading groups and mental health organizations, Paws For Patients is encouraging youth to continue reading, and is decreasing anxiety and stress in our community.
Schedule Your Online Session
Need a break from work? Want to encourage your children to read? Looking for a way to bring a little joy to your day? Schedule your own online session with our volunteer animals on Zoom or FaceTime.
Meet Laney, CGC
Laney is a Paws For Patients volunteer. She is the sweetest golden retriever you will ever meet and she might be one of the smartest too! At seven months old, Laney passed her American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test. This puppy enjoys learning new tricks, and is well on her way to becoming an American Kennel Club Trick Dog. She also loves to take photos with her big grinning smile. Laney is calm and intuitive to the needs of people around her, and makes the perfect companion.
About Therapy Animals:
Therapy animals provide physical, psychological, and emotional benefits to those they interact with in facility settings such as healthcare, assisted living, and schools. These pets are evaluated on their ability to safely interact with a wide range of populations, and their handlers are trained in best practices to ensure effective interactions that support animal welfare.
Interaction with therapy animals in medical settings has been correlated with the following effects, impacting people across all age ranges:
- Decreased perceptions of pain
- Improved recovery rates
- Decreased anxiety and stress
- Less fear and worry in patients
- Improved biobehavioral markers of stress