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Raffle Fundraiser Brings Pet Therapy to St. Catherine of Siena

June 5th, 2014

It is often said that dogs are man’s best-friend—the companionship and interactions shared can cultivate a wide range of emotional responses—especially for a patient in the hospital.  St. Catherine of Siena Hospital has partnered with the Paumonack Veterinarian Hospital to coordinate dog pet therapy for its Behavioral Management and Palliative Care programs.

Pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy, is recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a type of psychotherapy for treating depression and other mood disorders. Being around pets appears to feed the soul, promoting a sense of emotional connectedness and overall well-being.

Xpet donated the gift basket, valued at $175, to be used as a raffle winning item for the fundraiser, which collected $366. The funds raised will enable the hospital to provide 12 separate pet therapy visits for its Behavioral Health and Palliative Care Departments. Ambulatory Surgery Unit’s Gene Rogers, PCA, was the winner of the winning basket.