The Child Life Pet Therapy Program
Under The Children's Pet Therapy Program, dogs who have been certified by Zoothérapie Québec visit the children that can benefit from it. Patients can observe, hold or talk to the dog as much as they want, because they offer unconditional love. Our hope is that these animal-human interactions will help counteract the stressful experiences often associated with hospitalization
The goals of the Child Life Pet Therapy Program at the Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC are to:
- Provide children with opportunities for normalization and socialization
- Provide children with the opportunity to express their emotions
- Increase the child's motivation and self-esteem
- Help children feel less isolated
- Increase child, family and staff satisfaction
Who can participate?
The Pet Therapy Program coordinator will offer a visit to patients who might benefit from this program. Our first priority is patient health, patients must meet specific health criteria before they will be allowed to participate. Prior to the visit, participants and/or their parents/guardians will be asked to complete a consent form. Physicians will also be asked to authorize the child 's participation.
Thanks to the Starlight Foundation!
The Pet Therapy Program at the MCH has been made possible thanks to the Starlight Children's Foundation.
"We help seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
Starlight programs include Wish Granting, Hospital Fun Centers, Hospital Happenings featuring weekly activities for young patients, as well as the Great Escapes program offering unique monthly outings to children and their families. "
If you have any questions or you would like more information about the Child Life Pet Therapy Program, please contact the coordinator:
Child Life Specialist
Phone: 514-412-4400, ext: 22385