Therapy Dog Program

East Region Therapy Dog Program (Ascension St. John Hospital, Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital - Warren and Madison Heights campuses, and Ascension River District Hospital) - Therapy dogs visit and comfort patients, visitors and associates. Gifts received are used to purchase food, toys, medication, veterinary care and any other program-related costs. Funds are also used to obtain young highly trained therapy dogs when it is time for current therapy dogs to retire.
 
 
West Region Therapy Dog Program (Ascension Providence Hospital - Novi and Southfield campuses, and Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery) - Therapy dogs visit and comfort patients, visitors and associates. Gifts received are used to purchase food, toys, medication, veterinary care and any other program-related costs. Funds are also used to obtain young highly trained therapy dogs when it is time for current therapy dogs to retire.
 
 
Note: All therapy dog handlers are specially trained volunteers who bring the dogs to the patient's bedside, therapy areas, common waiting areas and other patient service areas.

Your Dollars at Work

Joe, an 87-year-old man, recently passed away at one of our hospitals. He was an avid dog lover since he was a little boy, so dogs always held a special place in his heart and in his life.

Joe’s family requested a visit from a therapy dog for their dad. Paxton, a yellow Labrador retriever, came to visit every day and was a bright spot during Joe’s last week. Paxton provided comfort to Joe in his final hours and helped his family cope during a very difficult time.