Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Owners To Make Them Feel Better
This amazing hospital lets pets visit their owners to make them feel better and when you’ll see the reactions, you’ll understand that having an animal friend is the purest form of medicine.
Juravinski Hospital in Ontario, Canada, is revolutionizing the way people look at visiting hours. They’re not just for human friends anymore. Everybody is welcomed in order to make the patient feel better and recover faster.
The program that lets pets visit their owners was launched by Donna Jenkins and is called Zachary’s Paws for Healing. She was inspired in creating this unique program by her 25-year-old nephew, Zachary, who saw huge benefits when he was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“While Zachary was in the hospital for many weeks and very sick after having a stem cell transplant, he begged to see his dog, Chase,” Donna Jenkins told Bored Panda. “We sneaked Chase into ICU to see him and the effect it had on Zachary was remarkable. When Zachary realized he was not going to survive his cancer, he made me promise to start the organization. We had our official first patient visit September 15, 2015.”
“We know that when patients get to see their pet, it can improve vital signs, improve depression and the feeling of isolation, it opens communication back up and it is a reminder for a reason for the patient to get well and return home.”
Pets can visit their sick owners on a weekly basis and each visit usually lasts for 1 hour. All pets are cleaned before entering the hospital and they are not allowed to get in contact with other patients. Getting sick is part of life, but how we choose to battle are sickness is what makes the difference!