Animal-assisted therapy offers our patients positive human-animal interactions in a clinical setting, bringing emotional support at a vulnerable time.
Our teams visit children and adults throughout The Johns Hopkins Hospital on a regular basis. With more than 15 volunteer therapy dog teams in service, we believe that animal-assisted therapy improves the wellbeing of our patients, staff and family members.
The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial relationship between people and animals that positively influences the health and well-being of both. Research, combined with human intuition, recognizes the impact the human-animal bond can have on health.
Research has demonstrated that therapy dogs:
- Positively affected patients’ pain levels and satisfaction with their hospital stay
- Significantly increased positive social behaviors among children with autism
- Provided social support, lowered blood pressure, and made improvements in pain, mood and other measures of distress.
Animal-assisted therapy is offered at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming an animal-assisted therapy volunteer please apply here. If you are interested in becoming an animal-assisted therapy facilitator please contact email@example.com.