(June 1, 2012 Yuma, AZ) – Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is pleased to announce that its Pet Partners Visitation Program, Tails of Joy, will begin patient visits by late summer.
Tails of Joy, Pet Partners program at YRMC, originated on the belief that dogs offer a therapeutic value to patients.
“This program provides patients the opportunity to interact safely with the dogs and receive their unconditional love and acceptance in the hopes of making the hospital environment more comfortable,” said Elizabeth Hammonds, Volunteer Services Officer and Tails of Joy Program Coordinator.
At YRMC, the Tails of Joy program involves trained volunteers and their dogs. All volunteers go through an application process, background check, health screening and interview, prior to being oriented to the pet program. Delta Society Pet Partners is a nationally recognized program for therapy dogs that evaluates and tests the dog’s temperament, interactions with strangers and obedience. It is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal-handler teams.
Once the handler and their dog have met all the Pet Partners requirements and completed the YRMC volunteer process, they will be oriented by a team to YRMC.
The program at YRMC is made possible with the generous financial support of the Yuma Rotary Club. For additional information regarding Pet Partners through Delta Society, visit www.deltasociety.org.