Research has shown that interacting with animals can have a profound effect on a person’s blood pressure, heart rate and overall well-being. This effect is often more profound than relaxation training or meditation. Interaction with pets has also been shown to improve survival after a heart attack.
Paws on Call is a group of community volunteers who bring their trained dogs to visit patients and their loved ones, in and around the hospital. This service is made possible by the generosity of volunteers and the SMCS Foundation.
SMCS Paws On-Call is looking for quality therapy dog Teams to join the program; with the handler being just as important as the dog!