Participating Dogs Are Therapy Certified
Therapy dogs reside with their owner and complete additional testing on-site before being accepted to the Pets at Duke team.
Improving Quality of Life With Grant Help
The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program and PetSmart Charities know that pets have the remarkable ability to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, improve our mood and bring us unconditional love. That’s why, with the help of a $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, Pets at Duke is aiming to improve quality of life and provide a healthy diversion from the usual hospital routine for children while receiving treatment.
With this grant, we will have the ability to expand the existing pet therapy program in pediatrics to provide more visits to hospitalized children and their families. Additionally, we will pilot pet therapy visits in outpatient clinics. Pets at Duke anticipates serving more than 5,000 patients and their families over the next year.
Pets at Duke Serve the Following Areas
Duke University Hospital
- Inpatient Adult Oncology (twice per week)
- Inpatient Pediatric Oncology (twice per week)
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (once per week)
Duke Cancer Center
- Duke Cancer Center Radiation Oncology clinic - 0-0 (twice per week)
- Duke Cancer Center Gynecology/Oncology clinic -2-2 (twice per week)
- Duke Cancer Center Brain Tumor clinic - 3-1 (twice per month)
- Duke Cancer Center Thoracic and GI clinic -3-2 (twice per month)
- Duke Cancer Center Oncology treatment room (once per week)
- Hock Inpatient Hospice Facility (once per week and 2 weekend days per month)
Additionally, Pets at Duke visit most areas of the hospital on a referral basis. These visits are based on handler/dog team availability.