Following a year-long hiatus, St. John Ambulance will resume its in-person therapy dog visits. The charity suspended its weekly visits to hospitals, care homes, schools and workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic and will resume the service, including in Kamloops, beginning in early August. The program aims to provide physical and emotional benefits to individuals through the affection offered by a furry friend.
Some reported benefits include: greater social engagement, stress relief, distraction from pain, comfort and calming.
A kick off event dubbed Work Like a Dog Day will be held on Aug. 5. It will provide one-hour visits to a workplaces and to remote teams via 20-minute virtual visits. The goal is to provide employees with a “stress-free and joyful work break.”
“Work Like a Dog Day is all about celebrating those who put in that extra effort and care all year long to their work. Given that our therapy dog teams are the most caring workers we know, we thought this was the perfect day to reunite them with their communities.” said Anna Boekhoven, manager of fund development and partnerships at St. John Ambulance B.C. & Yukon.
Therapy dog visits can be booked for workplaces in exchange for a donation to the program.