St. Luke's Pet Pals
Being in the hospital can be stressful! Pet Pals is a UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s volunteer program that uses specially trained dogs, cats, and their humans, to provide an opportunity for patients to benefit from animal interactions. Our talented and specially trained canine and feline volunteers have helped bring comfort and smiles everywhere they go for over 20 years.
Studies show that interactions with pets can provide several benefits:
- relieve stress
- reduce anxiety
- lower blood pressure
- provide distraction from pain
- alleviate sadness and depression
- encourage healing
- promote physical activity
- enhance physical rehabilitation and speech therapy
- reduce blood pressure
- provides social interaction
- offers comfort
- and much more
Family members and friends who sit in on animal visits say they feel better, too. And our staff LOVE our furry volunteers!
At St. Luke's, we offer so much more than exceptional healthcare and what could be better than a visit from a furry friend?
We recruit volunteers with an elite therapy certification. Pet Partners®
, formerly known as Delta Society, was the first comprehensive, standardized training in animal-assisted activities and therapy for volunteers and health-care professionals. Pet Partners is the ‘top-dog” in animal/handler team certification. And because YOU matter to this world, nothing but the best will do.
Pet Partners invites prospective volunteers to attend free, one-hour informational webinars
(online interactive presentations) to learn about our Therapy Animal Program. Led by experienced volunteers with the assistance of Pet Partners staff, these sessions will cover the process for becoming a registered therapy animal team
with your pet.