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Pet Therapy Volunteers

How Pet Therapy Helps

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention most recently published that pets provide invaluable health benefits to their human companions. Pets can lower your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, pain levels, and the feeling of loneliness. They are an excellent companion for our patients and their families when they are here.   

Al and Lucky

About Pet Therapy Visits

Dogs and their handlers are available to visit patients various times during the week. Visits usually last around 15 minutes. If you see any of our therapy dogs around the hospital, please feel free to stop by and interact with them. Our dogs love to be petted, and may even have a few tricks to show off. If you are a patient in the hospital, feel free to request a visit from the Buddy Brigade!  They are able to visit inpatient rooms that are not on isolation at the request of the patient. Therapy dogs are not permitted in isolations rooms. 

For a visit call Al Hoffman, Pet Therapy Program Specialist, at 843-792-7360 or page him by calling 843-792-2123, pager number 17126.

Meet Lucky

Adopt a Buddy

The “Adopt a Buddy” program offers "virtual adoptions" of one or more of our registered pet therapy dogs.  Pet therapy dogs and their owners/handlers visit patients at MUSC to bring smiles and comfort families during what can be a stressful time. Each dog in the program has its own trading card, which features a photo and fun facts about the dog. Patients enjoy collecting the different trading cards.

You may virtually “Adopt a Buddy” through our program today with a donation to MUHA Volunteer Services of just $75 per dog .  Your donation will benefit our volunteer program and help support many initiatives we do for patients and their families.  You will receive a trading card of the buddy you virtually adopt, and a certificate of adoption.  Make a donation and select "Adopt a Buddy" from the drop down menu. Thank you for helping us Change What's Possible in Healthcare.