The wag of a tail from a friendly animal can bring an immediate smile – even for someone who may not be in a smiling mood. For our patients who are recovering from illness or injury, pet therapy can bring joy and provide social interaction to our patients in a fun and friendly way.
Pet Therapy at Tucson Medical Center is one way to facilitate the healing process for patients who may be experiencing health issues that have them confused, frustrated, lonely or scared. Studies have documented that the interaction gained through pet therapy programs is invaluable to the recovery process. And pet therapy can be equally rewarding for our volunteers as well.
Patients are referred to the pet therapy program by staff on the units, family members or may just be at the right place at the right time as pet therapy volunteers visit.
If you are interested in conducting pet therapy visits at Tucson Medical Center, please contact Monica Frisbie-Garcia at (520) 324-1953.