Join us on Wednesday, May 7, for a visit from a very special team of dedicated care givers… Strong P.E.T.S. (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).
Beyond the benefits of animal-human interaction like lower blood pressure and reduced stress, interacting with animals can increase our levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us feel happy and trusting.
For those of us who just can’t get enough (like me!) or if you’ve never met this fabulous team, here’s a YouTube video (2:10) featuring “Campus Canines,” the River Campus counterpart to Strong P.E.T.S.
Got a few minutes? De-stress with us on May 7. Strong P.E.T.S. volunteers will stop by @ 3:15 p.m., after their “rounds” on the in-patient units.
Pet therapist Ann Lacey has been a therapy dog handler since 1982 and founded the Strong P.E.T.S. program at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2000. For more information about Strong P.E.T.S., Campus Canines, or Tales for Tails programs, visit the URMC Newsroom or contact Friends of Strong at (585) 275-2420.