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Animal therapy is becoming more popular thanks to the positive effects pets have on humans. Many hospitals have been “hiring” pets to comfort the staff and ease the patients during these stressful times.

For instance, Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center has hired a dog as a “Justice Volunteer” whose only job is to go around greeting patients, doctors, and nurses at the facility.

The hospital’s MD named Shari Dunaway shared a photo of the dog on Twitter, where it went viral and received loads of positive comments.

My hospital hired an employee whose only job is to go around saying hi to other employees while they work,” Shari Dunaway wrote.

Here’s what people responded to the dog’s job.

“It’s SO good for mental health of patients & staff. It’s a wonder more hospitals don’t have them,” a user commented. “Whatever he’s being paid, it isn’t nearly enough. That is some seriously valuable work!” another user added. “12/10 would promote immediately,” another one commented.

“Volunteer dogs are already widely used in the community and can help people suffering from loneliness, providing them with companionship at the times they need it the most,” explains Emma Hammett in her article for First Aid for Life.

“A dog’s friendly presence can provide a real lifeline for those feeling cut off from their community, and can really help communities tackle issues of social isolation.”

Various studies indicate that pets, especially dogs have a positive effect on people with physical or mental health problems.

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“The optimism and happiness a Therapy Dog visit can provide to a patient is one that cannot be measured by a doctor’s instruments or recorded on a patient’s chart.

However, it is clear to those who have had the experience of a Therapy Dog visit that a friendly visitor with a wagging tail can make all the difference in the world,” Therapy Dog International on shares on their webpage.

A friendly visitor with a wagging tail can make your day better. If you agree with us, please share this post with your friends and family members to brighten up their day!


By Andy Marcus

Hello, my name is Andy Marcus, and I am a passionate dog lover and enthusiast. For me, there is nothing quite like the joy and love that a furry friend can bring into our lives. I have spent years studying and learning about dogs, and have made it my mission to share my knowledge and expertise with others through my website. Through my website, I aim to provide comprehensive information and resources for dog owners and enthusiasts. Whether it's training tips, health and nutrition advice, or insights into dog behavior, I strive to create a platform that is accessible and useful to everyone who loves dogs.

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