Pets at Duke

Pets at Duke Is Unavailable Due to COVID-19 Precautions

Short Overview

The Pets at Duke program, offered through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, offers many benefits to our patients. Research shows that animal-assisted therapy, or pet therapy, is an effective form of psychotherapy intervention that reduces stress and depression. It also provides a sense of companionship that can combat feelings of isolation. The relaxation and feelings of connection that people feel with an animal -- in this case a dog -- facilitate healing and rehabilitation.

Participating Dogs Are Therapy Certified

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Therapy dogs reside with their owner and complete additional testing on-site before being accepted to the Pets at Duke team.