Therapy Dog Program
The Therapy Dog Program at IU Health North Hospital is a unique and special component of the caring environment we’ve created for our patients and their families. The dogs that participate in the program bring comfort and love to patients, and if needed, they also create a pleasant distraction. The volunteer program includes 5 dogs, one of which is available to visit patients Monday through Friday.
Each therapy dog and its handler are certified through a national program that includes special training and testing to ensure that the dogs are prepared to appropriately interact with patients of all ages. Once certified, the handlers then complete volunteer training at IU Health North Hospital before their dogs may begin visiting patients.
Request a Visit from One of Our Therapy Dogs
Both pediatric and adult patients are welcome to request visits from our therapy dogs. To request a visit while you’re a patient at IU Health North Hospital, please contact our Guest Relations team at the 1st Floor Welcome Desk. You may stop by in person or call 317.688.2042.
Our Therapy Dog Family
Portuguese Water Dogs
Miniature Long Haired Dachshund
Interested in finding out if your dog could become part of the Therapy Dog Program at IU Health North Hospital?
All participating dogs must be registered with a national organization, such as Therapy Dog International or Pet Partners, prior to being considered for our volunteer program at IU Health North Hospital. Once certified, interested volunteers may contact the IU Health North Hospital volunteer coordinator at email@example.com or 317.688.2927.