Ronald McDonald House New York Therapy Dogs

Boy with therapy dog

Ronald McDonald House New York Therapy Dog program provides therapy dogs for pediatric cancer patients and their families experience when dealing with a life-threatening illness. Registered therapy dogs teams serve as valuable assets, a therapy dog can help in many ways: to motivate individuals, provide support for grief and loss and relieve stress for patients, family members and staff alike.

Coming home to a furry friend with a wagging tail helps create a sense of normalcy and home-like atmosphere for our children and their family members. Ronald McDonald House New York Therapy Dog program provides well-trained and experienced therapy dogs and their handlers to greet the House’s guests on a nightly basis, providing much-needed relief from a long day of cancer treatment.  

Since the program’s inception, children, parents, volunteers and staff from the House have been irresistibly drawn to the lobby to interact with the therapy dogs and their handlers. The result is a meaningful connection between the therapy dogs and everyone who interacts with them.

Therapy Dogs and their volunteer handlers are offered free veterinary care and scholarships for therapy dog training. Interested in volunteering with our Therapy Dog Program? Find out more here!