Canine Kindness

Support Canine Kindness for Dignity Health's patients, families and staff.

We know that pet owners understand the joy and happiness a pet can bring. Animal companionship not only improves our health, it elevates the quality of our entire lives. Children and adults facing acute or ongoing health conditions, coupled with the stress of prolonged time in the hospital, need emotional support beyond that which staff alone can provide. Dignity Health patients who receive a visit from one of our furry friends as part of the Canine Kindness program report that the visit brings a smile to their face, gives them more energy, and helps them feel more optimistic about their recovery. Nurses, doctors, and family members also recognize the many benefits of animal therapy.

Animal interaction has even been shown to have beneficial effects on the health and wellbeing of hospital caregivers who experience less stress after visits with canine companions. Dignity Health currently supports more than 150 canine-handler teams at 28 locations across our hospital system. With your help, we can reach even more people in need by expanding Canine Kindness to patients in all of our 39 hospitals. 

For more information or questions, please email Nancy Bussani or call 415.438.5738.

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Dignity Health employees are additionally invited to donate through payroll deduction*. 

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