SPCA’s “Paws for Love” program was recently approved for stress relief events for essential workers. As such, the pups visited Mount St. Mary’s Hospital for some stress-reducing therapy on Thursday, in the grassy grove between Mount St. Mary’s and Our Lady of Peace Nursing Home. Pet owners and their sweet dogs greeted hospital staff, physicians and nurses.
As part of the SPCA’s “Paws for Love” program, run completely by volunteers, pet owners bring their gentle dogs and cats to more than 100 area health care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, courts, group homes, Hospice locations, children’s facilities and area colleges. Volunteers’ pets are evaluated by certified animal behaviorists at the SPCA and, once approved, the volunteers are put directly in touch with representatives of the facility requesting visitation, so a mutually beneficial schedule can be discussed.
Images courtesy of Karrie Gebhardt, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital public relations manager