Pet therapy at Moffitt involves dogs of all shapes, sizes and personalities, even three legs or a prosthetic. The dogs are certified, which means they are temperament tested to be sure they love people first and foremost, but also to be sure they can handle crowds, loud noises, wheelchairs, walkers, kids, adults and other dogs.
“What is pet therapy?” By definition, it is known as Animal Assisted Therapy, and utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive and emotional goals with patients. In a more simplified definition, we provide a distraction from hospital life. If a patient would like a visit, we can come to their room or we can be visited in the outpatient lobby.
If you want a small dog in your lap, a dog to play with, a dog to talk to, a dog to sit on the floor with or a dog on the bed, you can find one visiting the Magnolia campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pet Therapy is also available at Moffitt at International Plaza from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.