Renown Health has acknowledged the healing power of animals in the healthcare setting since 1997 . Our volunteer handlers and their registered , insured therapy dogs are warmly and enthusiastically welcomed by patients , employees , families and visitors throughout our facilities . Working as partners with our staff , pet therapy teams are helping to fulfill Renown ' s mission of making a genuine difference in the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve .
What is a Therapy Dog ?
Therapy animals are personal pets that , with their owners , have successfully completed training and maintain certification as Therapy Dogs by AKC accredited organizations . Membership dues in the appropriate organization must be maintained annually to provide liability coverage .
What is a Pet Therapy Program ?
Through Animal Assisted Interactions ( AAI ) and Animal Assisted Therapy ( AAT ), it is our goal to enhance the patient experience , reduce recovery time and shorten a hospital stay .
Here are just a few of the benefits of AAI and AAT :
• petting a dog lowers blood pressure and heart rate by relieving anxiety
• helps in pain management
• eases feelings of depression , loneliness , boredom , and isolation