Caring Paws Animal Assisted Therapy Program was started in 2008 after Centegra Health System worked with the Illinois Department of Public Health to update the state law to allow therapy dogs into patient’s rooms. We currently have more than 30 registered therapy dogs in the program.
The therapy dogs are an integral part of the healing process, providing comfort, stress relief, and hope to our patients, associates, family members and visitors. The dogs work in areas such as the physical medicine & rehab department to help patients achieve their therapy goals, visit the Sage Cancer Center, provide bedside visits to patients, visit family members in the Surgery Waiting Room and hospital lobbies, behavioral health and staff areas upon request.
All of our Caring Paws volunteers are registered with Pet Partners or Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Pet Partners Handler Training Workshops and Team Evaluations are held 3x yearly at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. For upcoming class dates, please check our calendar under “Community Events.”
If you would like to be a part of our program please contact Volunteer Services at 815-759-4626 to register for an upcoming workshop.