Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (www.madonna.org) is looking for volunteers for their Angel Dog Program.
Angel Dogs have been bringing smiles and a sense of being at home to patients recovering from serious illness or injury at both of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital’s campuses for more than 15 years. For patients who receive an Angel Dog visit or greet one in the hallway, interacting with these gentle creatures replaces feelings of anxiety, fears, or loneliness with feelings of joy, comfort, and love. For individuals and their families, a visit offers a refreshing welcome change in routine and a fun activity to look forward to during a day filled with therapies.
Angel Dog Volunteer training is held several times a year and is hosted by Madonna’s Volunteer Resources staff and Angel Dog volunteers. The sessions are designed to prepare volunteers to feel at ease while handling your dog during visits. Topics include: Madonna’s rich history and the world class rehabilitation provided to patients, communication techniques for visiting patients, and skills for visiting with your dog. The Angel Dog Program works with Pet Partners Program to register you and your dog as a nationally recognized visiting team.
To become an Angel Dog volunteer, complete and submit an application at Madonna.org/volunteer.
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals, located at 17500 Burke St. in Omaha and at 5401 South St. in Lincoln, offers world-class physical and medical rehabilitation and research, specializing in brain and spinal cord trauma, stroke and neurological conditions for adults and children. Learn more by calling (402) 413-3000 or visit www.madonna.org.