UCLA Medical Center People-Animal Connection
Los Angeles, CA
Since 1994, UCLA Medical Center has been building one of the most comprehensive animal-assisted therapy and activity programs in the nation: People-Animal Connection. The program was founded to enhance physical healing and emotional well-being through an animal’s instinctive bond with patients of all ages, cultures, and socio-economic levels. Dogs, who are naturally interactive, provide relief from long days in the hospital, helping patients to shift their focus from discomfort to enjoyment. The animal’s unconditional love and attention brighten everyone’s day – patients, visitors and staff alike. PAC trains and certifies volunteer dog teams who offer companionship and warmth to more than 400 critically ill children and adults each month.