Visits from dogs can help bring happiness and promote healing for hospitalized children, so Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins are spending $2 million to bring full-time therapy dogs into U.S. hospitals for pediatric patients. The Joy in Childhood Foundation, which is the independent charity getting money from the two companies, is launching Dogs for Joy, a program to bring in-residence dogs that are bred and trained as service dogs full-time in children’s hospitals. The dogs offer distraction, motivation and joy to patients and their families, while helping lower stress and anxiety for hospitalized children, and encouraging them to complete their health care goals. The dogs can also help keep children calm during medical procedures.
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the independent charity that is powered by the two restaurant chains, is launching Dogs for Joy, a program to bring in-residence pups that are bred and trained as service dogs to “work” full-time in children’s hospitals across the nation.
The ‘facility dogs’ will offer distraction, motivation and joy to patients and families while simultaneously lowering stress and anxiety for pediatric patients and encouraging them to complete their health care goals. Additionally, in-residence dogs can be trained to keep kids calm during medical interventions, teach patients how to take medication, or demonstrate how to put on a hospital gown.
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