St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has found itself a four-legged companion to roam the halls and help anyone who needs it.
Rosalie, the emotional support dog, joined the St. Jude Children’s Hospital staff to act as a therapy dog for the people who work there. She will help the staff deal with stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, and more. She will also attend events. The hospital chaplain will be Rosalie’s main handler.
The hospital also has a program of therapy dogs to help the patients themselves. The patient program proved to be so useful that St. Jude decided that the employees also needed an emotional support dog.
Therapy animals are popping up everywhere as people are becoming more aware of how helpful they can be. Animals can connect to us on a different level than other people can. They help keep smiles on people’s faces and lift up spirits during difficult and stressful times.
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