Join us on Wednesday, September 10, for a visit from a very special team of dedicated care givers… Strong P.E.T.S. (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).
It’s the beginning of a new academic year; and we appreciate that first-year students don’t want to look like slackers by coming to Miner to pet some dogs. So, you could say you’re doing research into methods for reducing blood pressure, reducing epinephrine and norepinephrine, and reducing anxiety. Or how about studying increasing levels of endorphins and oxytocins in Homo sapiens sapiens during spontaneous interactions with Canis lupus familiaris? Or maybe both? ‘Cause pet therapy is just that awesome!
Got a few minutes? De-stress with us on September 10. Strong P.E.T.S. volunteers will stop by @ 3 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.