Monday is National Therapy Animal Day!
These kind, giving creatures are invaluable to the people they help. Often these dogs, cats, pigs and other therapy pets are a friendly, furry and fun face amid a stressful and potentially painful time.
To celebrate these amazing four-legged souls, PEOPLE went inside the normal day of therapy dogs making their rounds at Akron Children’s Hospital.
The canines we are hitching a ride with are part of the Doggie Brigade, the second oldest and one of the largest animal-assistance programs in the country.
As you can see in the clip, these doggie do-gooders bring smiles wherever they go, not just brightening the day of pediatric patients but their families and friends as well.
For a patient at Akron Children’s Hospital these little moments can mean forgetting you’re sick or in pain, even if it is just for 5 minutes. And that’s big.
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The 80 therapy pooches currently volunteering with the Doggie Brigade also help patients lower their blood pressure, lower their stress levels and stay calm throughout hospital treatments.
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