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Pet Therapy at Advocate Sherman Hospital

Since July 2006, an Advocate Sherman Hospital Auxiliary volunteer project has used certified therapy dogs to brighten the day of patients in cardiac care, surgical care, oncology, pediatrics and adult medical care, orthopedics and neuroscience. The nurses screen the patients first and the pet handler will knock on the patients' door and ask if they would like a dog visit.

Not just any hound will do: Advocate Sherman Hospital is dedicated to ensuring each and every therapy dog and handler meets stringent temperament and health standards.


All Advocate Sherman Hospital pet therapy teams are required to obtain registration through Therapy Dogs Incorporated, an independent agency that tests and registers dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, and other institutions. In addition to certification, Advocate Sherman Hospital works with dog training experts from Care Dog Training, Inc. of Carpentersville, to conduct our own hospital-based temperament screening that exposed the dogs and handler to medical practice situations they may encounter.

Once temperament testing is completed, we require every dog undergo medical exams, testing and vaccination controls. To give our therapy pets the best available health care, Dundee Animal Hospital, with offices in Dundee, Elgin and Algonquin, generously provides the required veterinary services for the therapy dog team at no charge to the handler, an estimated total of $535 a year per dog.

To learn how to become a member of our pet therapy team, please download the information sheet by clicking on the link below.

For more information, please contact our volunteer office at 224-783-8133.

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