VITAS’ trains and certifies friendly, well-behaved pets to be Paw Pals®. A registered VITAS Paw Pals visitor, with its guide, knows how to visit patients near the end of life.
VITAS Paw Pals:
- Offer comfort
- Bring back memories
- Encourage activity
- Provide unconditional love
“VITAS Paw Pals can sometimes reach a patient when no one else can,” says Alex Silva, manager of volunteer services. “Our Paw Pals brighten the day for everyone when they visit. I think even the animals know what an important function they fulfill.”
Peaches and Reagan are the first brother and sister Paw Pal team in Orange County. As for being Paw Pal dogs they know when I take out my VITAS bag and put it in the car they are going to see someone. They truly enjoy the snuggle time they get with the patients and are happy to visit with anyone else who wants to say “hello” to them.
Paw Pals may not be available in your service area. Please contact your local volunteer program for more information.