Hospice patients receive love letters from therapy pets

By: Ponte Vedra Recorder

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Pet Therapy pets are unable to make visits to patients and their families. These compassionate dogs and cats travel to see patients in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau St. Johns, Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, Suwannee and Union counties.

“We felt a card mailed out along with a collage of photos of the patient’s therapy pet would cheer them up during this time,” volunteer coordinator Chris Whitney said. “It is essential for our patients to know that the Pet Therapy team is thinking of them as well as miss them.”

Pet therapy is yet another way that Community Hospice & Palliative Care brings comfort and smiles to patients and their families. Registered therapy animals and their owners have played an important part of the Community Hospice care team since 1996.

For more information, visit CommunityHospice.com or call (904) 407-5022.