Paging Dr. Paws

Pet Therapy dogs have been bringing comfort to patients at Miami Valley Hospital since 1999.

A group of dogs, including purebreds and shelter rescues, visit the hospital every Tuesday evening. They are with the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association. The dogs and their handlers also visit schools, the base, and nursing homes.

“We visit patients, we visit families we visit staff; anybody who needs help relaxing and getting a little comforting,” said Melody McCallister, a coordinator with Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association. “It can get pretty boring laying around the hospital, it’s pretty stressful and it’s really nice to see our dogs bring them that comfort and relaxation.”

The dogs are screened and specially trained and fully bathed before each visit.

“I’m so blessed to have the dog, why not share the blessing,” said Iris Carter, volunteer. “She’s a wonderful dog,” said said of her rescue dog. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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