Small Dog Heals Sick Kids
Mar 23rd, 2013 by Autumn Sunshine
What a truly wonderful thing to do, Mackenzie is a very special dog for sure
Mackenzie the dog offers children at New York Presbyterian Hospital unconditional love
New York City has some of the most thriving Pet Partner programs in the nation. And one facility in particular, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical Center, has 120 Pet Partners in the Paws for Patients Program. The program is well run and the pups’ well being is of the utmost importance to this hospital. The staff and community support is very strong.
Meet two and a half year old Mackenzie and his owner Lynn Michalson and hear what joining this program has meant to them both.
“Volunteering is the most satisfying job I have ever had,” says Lynn. “When I brought Mackenzie home I was a hospital volunteer. I saw Pet Partner teams coming to the hospital and realized what a great way to spend more time volunteering while being with my beloved pup.”
Mackenzie is a Havanese and proud member of the hospital’s “oncology team.” In addition to weekly visits with patients, they participate in all the activities that involve the pet partner teams, such as Cancer Survivors Day at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and parties at Weill-Cornell for children who have had heart surgery, a Valentine Day party at Paine Whitney and the annual Doggie Halloween parade at the hospital