EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Is your dog friendly and well-behaved? Does your dog enjoy meeting new people of all ages and other dogs?
If you answered “yes” to those questions, your dog may have the right stuff to be part of the Paws Force pet therapy program at Mayo Clinic Health System.
An informational meeting on the volunteer program will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 27, at the Luther Building Auditorium, 1221 Whipple St, Eau Claire. To be eligible, dogs must have completed several levels of positive reinforcement-only obedience classes within the past two years.
Therapy dogs and their owners brighten the days of many patients visiting in the hospital and clinic. Paws Force members even make house calls to patients in the hospice program.
“The PAWS Force program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has been such a blessing for our patients, as well as our visitors and staff,” says Jennifer Loew, regional Volunteer Services director for Mayo Clinic Health System. “There are so many benefits of pet therapy, including reduction of pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue.”
No registration is necessary. Learn more about the program here, or call Volunteer Services at 715-838-3262.
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
Press ContactDan Lea