Patients, families and hospital staff all benefit from the Angel on a Leash Therapy Dog program. Donor support provided scholarships for pets and their owners to become registered therapy dog handlers. 2017 was the first full year of the program. There are now eight active teams with eleven dogs.
Teale and Jetty were visiting the medical surgery floor and there was a patient who really liked to walk. The nurses were unable to walk with him any longer due to other tasks that needed to be completed. Teale offered to walk with him for a bit, which both he and the staffed loved. Jetty walked right next to the gentleman, often looking up and stopping as if to make sure he was ok. They walked for about 15 minutes to the satisfaction of the patient and the relief of the nurses, “Thanks to Teale and Jetty I was able to tend to the needs of my other patient.”
Angel on a Leash is the first therapy dog program ever at Providence Seaside Hospital. Teams visit at Providence Seaside Hospital, Providence Rehabilitation Services – Gearhart the Cannon Beach clinic and ElderPlace. They also made appearances (and new friends) at Festival of Trees, a Fort Clatsop fun run and health fair, and the Providence Seaside employee Halloween party.
Interacting with a therapy dog helps with blood pressure regulation, pain relief, stress relief and brings joy. Thank you for supporting this program and providing comfort and hope to those we serve.