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Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Sick Humans To Make Them Feel Better
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Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Sick Humans To Make Them Feel Better

Juravinski hospital in Ontario, Canada allows pets to visit their seriously ill humans. The hospital adopted a program called Zachary’s Paws for Healing, launched by Donna Jenkins. She was inspired by her 25-year-old nephew, Zachary, who benefited greatly from having his dogs around him while he was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“While Zachary was in the hospital for many weeks and very sick after having a stem cell transplant,  he begged to see his dog, Chase,” Jenkins told Bored Panda. “We sneaked Chase into ICU to see him and the effect it had on Zachary was remarkable. When Zachary realized he was not going to survive his cancer, he made me promise to start the organization. We had our official first patient visit September 15, 2015.

“We know that when patients get to see their pet, it can improve vital signs, improve depression and the feeling of isolation, it opens communication back up and it is a reminder for a reason for the patient to get well and return home.” The visits are weekly and they usually take 1 hour. The pets are thoroughly cleaned before entering the hospital and they are kept away from other patients.

More info: zacharyspawsforhealing.com | Facebook

Juravinski hospital in Ontario, Canada allows pets to visit their seriously ill humans

The hospital adopted a program called Zachary’s Paws for Healing, launched by Donna Jenkins

“When patients get to see their pet, it can improve vital signs, improve depression and the feeling of isolation,” Jenkins told Bored Panda

“It opens communication back up and it is a reminder for a reason for the patient to get well and return home”

“Having a pet visit its human brings some normalcy back to the patient’s life”

“It takes their mind off the hospital and being sick for a bit”

“The pet can visit for an hour and can come once a week”

“Of course, no one is keeping strict time. A good visit is what counts”

“The pets are relieved to see them and to know they have not lost their human companion”

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Thank you, Donna Jenkins, for talking to Bored Panda about your wonderful program!

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VanWin
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6 years ago

It happened to me, I didn't care enough to try and get better until they let my dog in, then I remembered why I had to.

Deb Lucas
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5 years ago

That is both sad and wonderful.

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PatCarlisle
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6 years ago

we need our pets more than they need us.

HeatherManzanares
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6 years ago

When my grandmother got west nile a few years ago the recovery home she was in actually recommend bring her fur baby in to see her. She woke up for the first time in weeks coherent i truly believe it was because she knew her fur baby was there.

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VanWin
Community Member
6 years ago

It happened to me, I didn't care enough to try and get better until they let my dog in, then I remembered why I had to.

Deb Lucas
Community Member
5 years ago

That is both sad and wonderful.

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PatCarlisle
Community Member
6 years ago

we need our pets more than they need us.

HeatherManzanares
Community Member
6 years ago

When my grandmother got west nile a few years ago the recovery home she was in actually recommend bring her fur baby in to see her. She woke up for the first time in weeks coherent i truly believe it was because she knew her fur baby was there.

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