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Hospital Pet Visitation
80 year old Emil Nelson was in the Shock Trauma Unit at Memorial Hermann hospital after he and his dog Patch had been hit by a car. Dr Red Duke approved PAWS Houston to bring Patch to see Mr. Nelson. “Small things like this really have a big impact on our clients”
Pets Are Wonderful Support - PAWS Houston
WHAT WE DO
PAWS Houston is dedicated to helping patients receive the comfort and benefits of their pets by facilitating hospital visits to patients.
We are a volunteer-driven 501(c) not-for-profit corporation with approved patient pet visitation agreements with every major hospital in Houston, including Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Memorial Hermann and MD Anderson.
All “Hospital Personal Pet” visits are facilitated through our dedicated volunteer network. These volunteers work tirelessly to provide scheduled visits, as well as last minute, end of life visits.
The Hospital Pet Visitation program is a unique program provided by PAWS Houston.
Operations are made possible by the donations of patients, family and, community supporters.
To schedule a Hospital Pet Visitation for a patient, please call our hotline at 713-840-PAWS (7297).
Please note that we will need:
WHY WE DO IT
Hospital staff felt a Personal Pet Visitation Program would provide comfort, uplift mental outlook and boost physical health. The health and psychological benefits of pet companionship and love have been well documented:
General Physical Benefits of Animal Companionship
YOU CAN HELP!
To find out more about our current needs, watch our video here.
The mission of PAWS Houston is to help sustain relationships between pet owners and their pets through a period of the owner's terminal and/or chronic illness. PAWS Houston arranges and facilitates personal pet visits to the hospital, hospice, nursing home and rehabilitation centers to improve physical and mental health for the pet owner. PAWS Houston participates in research to support that the human-animal bond is beneficial.