Past
Events

2019

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Facility Dog

In 2019, we raised awareness and financial support to help establish a new Facility Dog Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and assist with placing the very first dog within the program! Facility dogs are service dogs professionally trained to work in a health care setting as an important part ... [read more]

Past
Events

2018

Penn State Children’s Hospital Facility Dog Program

In 2018, we raised awareness and financial support for an emerging program being used at Penn State Children’s Hospital currently known as: Facility Dog Program Facility dogs are service dogs professionally trained to work in a health care and other settings as an important part of a child’s treatment plan... [read more]

Past
Events

2017

Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor

In 2017, we raised awareness and financial support for TAILS OF VALOR, PAWS OF HONOR.  Founded in 2014, TAILS OF VALOR, PAWS OF HONOR is a Non-Profit organization that is dedicated to providing hope to veteran war heroes and their rescued service companions. Every day in the United States ... [read more]

Past Events

2019

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Facility Dog


In 2019, we raised awareness and financial support to help establish a new Facility Dog Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and assist with placing the very first dog within the program!

Facility dogs are service dogs professionally trained to work in a health care setting as an important part of a child’s treatment plan. Unlike hospital visiting therapy dogs, facility dogs are employed full-time and live with a staff member referred to as a handler. The handler receives intensive training and is certified in Animal Assisted Therapy.

CHOP envisions their first facility dog to arrive in late 2020.  This team member will do more than just wag its tail, give slobbery kisses and pawshakes - he/she will play a very important role in the Child Life program and the entire Children’s Hospital as the hospital’s first-ever facility dog. This facility dog’s primary focus will be to assist Child Life specialists by attending appointments for interventions with inpatient populations. The facility dog will assist with procedure support, ambulation support, co-treatment options with physical therapy, and deep pressure therapy to combat anxiety in patients.

Past Events

2018

Penn State Children’s Hospital Facility Dog Program

In 2018, we raised awareness and financial support for an emerging program being used at Penn State Children’s Hospital currently known as: Facility Dog Program

Facility dogs are service dogs professionally trained to work in a health care and other settings as an important part of a child’s treatment plan. The Children’s Hospital Facility Dog Program began with the arrival of Kaia in 2016. This team member does more than just cuddle and play fetch – she plays a very important role in Child Life and the entire Children’s Hospital as the hospital’s first-ever facility dog. 

Kaia’s primary focus is to assist Child Life specialists within pediatric radiology and oncology by helping children and teens cope with hospital procedures and reduce emotional stress. Penn State Children’s Hospital is the first children’s hospital in Pennsylvania to employ a full-time facility dog.

Past Events

2017

Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor

In 2017, we raised awareness and financial support for TAILS OF VALOR, PAWS OF HONOR.  Founded in 2014, TAILS OF VALOR, PAWS OF HONOR is a Non-Profit organization that is dedicated to providing hope to veteran war heroes and their rescued service companions.

Every day in the United States, more than 22 veterans take their own life.* At the same time, every day in the United States 3,288 dogs are euthanized.**  Tails of Valor Canine Connections Training Program allows veterans to work with in-house trainers to develop/train rescued puppies, all of whom are named after a fallen soldier.  The program is designed to attend to the normal behavior and needs of the canine, while addressing the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other physical disabilities.  At the completion of the 14 – 20 months training period, these fully-trained ADA/ADI guideline service dogs are given at no cost to a veteran.