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Pet Therapy

There’s nothing like a visit from a four-legged creature to brighten the day. Whether it’s a yellow lab or a chihuahua, a cat or even a miniature horse, Hospice of the Valley’s Pet Connections program has just the right pet therapy team to call upon patients and families.

Registered pet therapy teams visit with patients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis wherever they reside – at home or in professional care settings. For some patients, contact with these gentle animals evokes memories of pets in their lives, past or present.

Studies have shown many benefits of pet companionship, ranging from reduced blood pressure and anxiety to relief from boredom, pain and loneliness.

Our pet therapy volunteers say they get as much joy from the experience as our patients. If you have an interest in becoming a pet therapy team with your pet, visit our Pet Connections Volunteer page for more information.

Pet Loss Support Group: For those who have experienced the loss of a beloved pet, Hospice of the Valley hosts a Pet Loss Support Group on the first Saturday of every month. Click here for flyer. For more pet loss bereavement support resources, click here.