Shelter Dogs for Hospitalized Kids

Target: Jenna Hausmann, CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado

Goal: Create a program that pairs shelter therapy dogs with hospitalized children.

Going to a children’s hospital can be a scary experience, especially for kids. To make the experience more enjoyable, children’s hospitals should have a team of therapy dogs. These dogs would be paired with children at the hospital in order to help them cope with all the therapy and stress.

Every dog picked for this program would be from a shelter or rescue. They would be trained and certified as therapy dogs before being sent off to the hospitals. By using shelter dogs, this program would be cutting down on the rate of euthanasia at animal shelters due to overcrowding. Shelter dogs would have already been assessed for any behavioral issues. There wouldn’t be any guess work when it came to knowing the dog’s personality.

Animals help to lower stress levels and also provide a sense of companionship that humans can’t. Kids staying at a hospital need all the support and joy that they can get. Having a therapy dog would increase the level of happiness and feelings of confidence in these children. After a hard day of physical therapy, these kids would be able to relax with their dogs. The environment of the hospital wouldn’t be as intimidating for kids if they had their own therapy dogs. They would have a companion with whom they would go through the healing process. Please sign this petition to pair shelter therapy dogs with hospitalized children.


Dear Jenna Hausmann,

No child wants to spend time in a hospital. For children, hospitals can be scary and intimidating places. But, this doesn’t have to be the case. Therapy dogs paired with individual children would be a great way to minimize the stress of a hospital stay.

Shelter dogs would make wonderful therapy dogs for children staying in hospitals. These dogs would be trained and certified as therapy dogs before being paired with children. Dogs that have been in a shelter or rescue environment have already been assessed for any potential behavioral issues. There wouldn’t be any issues with unforeseen behaviors, and each dog would have been assessed for friendliness towards children prior to the therapy training.

Most importantly, these dogs would be providing children with companionship that can’t be given by humans. Dogs provide unconditional love and affection, something hospitalized kids need to help their moods and confidence levels. With some extra support from their furry companions, these kids would improve phenomenally. Please create a therapy dog program for children in hospitals.


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  2. Selena Brooks says:

    I’m all for animals helping children and this truly help shelters with the over crowding and euthanasia of animals for lack of adoption. Awesome 👏🏽


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