The Pet Pal program allows patients at Heartland to connect with pets, such as dogs and cats. Handlers bring pets to patients, families, and friends in hopes to relieve stress.
More than 20 dogs and dog lovers participated in a treat walk, caricature drawings and 'yappitizers.'
"The University of Missouri does a study; it's been proven that it reduces blood pressure, and anxiety, and so what a great thing at the hospital. Because most people are a little apprehensive, whether they're a patient, or a family member, or even a visitor, there can be a little anxiety going into the hospital," said Chief Development Officer Barbie Squires.
If you would like to learn more about Pet Pals you can call the center for healing generosity.