Dog calendar raises funds for Griffin Hospital hospice program

A scene from the PAWS calendar.
A scene from the PAWS calendar.

Man’s best friend is giving a helping paw to Griffin Hospital’s most fragile patients.

People and Animals Working in Spirit (PAWS), the therapy dog program at Griffin Hospital in Derby, is offering 2015 calendars featuring professional photos of its caring canines to raise money for the hospital’s hospice program.

Founded in 1996 with just one greyhound, PAWS provides therapy dog visits to patients at Griffin Hospital and rehabilitation are 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.

Hospice program

The Griffin Hospital hospice program offers trained staff that work with family members to discuss care and respond to factors that may influence the patient’s physical and mental well-being.

It also provides comfort items for the patient and the family members such as flowers, afghans, candles with LED lights, and complementary therapies such as therapeutic massage, Reiki and meditation.

How to get a calendar

The calendars are $12 each and are available in Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts, located on the first floor of Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.

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