Calendar fund-raiser boosts therapy dog program at Griffin Hospital

The therapy dog program at Griffin Hospital has helped bring comfort to patients for years. Thanks to a recent fund-raiser, they are now bringing extra comfort to the families of terminally ill patients.
People and Animals Working in Spirit (PAWS), the therapy dog program at Griffin Hospital, sold calendars featuring photos of its canine caregivers this winter and raised $1,450.

The funds were used to purchase care bags for the caregivers of hospice patients. The bags include items to help relieve stress and provide comfort, such as poetry and aromatics.

'Providing extra support and care'

“We’re so thankful to everyone who purchased a calendar in support of this cause,” said Ruth Tuccio, PAWS coordinator at Griffin Hospital.

“Providing extra support and care is at the heart of our program and we wanted to make sure families of our most special patients receive a little extra comfort when they need it most," Tuccio said.

Therapy dog visits to patients

Founded in 1996 with one greyhound, PAWS provides therapy dog visits to patients at Griffin Hospital and rehabilitation centers to provide companionship and help decrease anxiety.

The program now has 16 certified therapy animal and companion teams with dogs ranging in size from a shih tzu to a Bernese mountain dog.

For more information, contact Tuccio at 203-732-1298 or