Children's Hospital Opens Pet Center so Patients Can Reunite with Their Furry Friends
Many hospitals prohibit pets from visiting patients, even though research shows animals can help keep a person calmer, happier and healthier
St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Purina have teamed up to make the time patients spend hospitalized a little brighter and fluffier.
The Purina Family Pet Center recently opened at the hospital, offering children receiving care a chance to visit with their pets.
Many hospitals prohibit pets from visiting patients, even though research shows animals can help keep a person calmer, happier and healthier by providing much-needed emotional support during the often challenging rehabilitation process.
Courtesy Purina/Mary Butkus
To keep kids connected with the comfort only a family pet can provide, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Purina opened the center, which allows a safe, welcoming environment for children undergoing treatment at the hospital to reunite with every member of their household.
The Purina Family Pet Center is only the fourth family pet center at a pediatric hospital worldwide. Purina hopes that the positive effects the center’s interactions have on patients will lead to more of these facilities.