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Pet Therapy Dogs Working From Home Send Messages Of Hope And Encouragement To Orlando Health Team Members

The Orlando Health Pet Therapy Program consists of nearly 90 teams of pets and their handlers, across Orlando Health hospitals.


ORLANDO, Fla. (April 2, 2020) --- The pet therapy dogs from the Orlando Health Pet Therapy Program may be on “paws” from their regular duties during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are continuing to brighten days for team members with a virtual video message of hope and encouragement. In addition to an internal broadcast, Orlando Health social media channels will also share the messages.


Photographs of the pups include the following warm words of comforts:


“Be Strong”

“Sending Virtual Hugs”

“Sending Virtual Puppy Kisses”

“Thank You for Your Courage and Dedication”

“We Believe in You”

“We Will Get Through This”

“You’re Pawsome”


“Our Pet Therapy Volunteers are part of what makes Orlando Health so special. Each day our teams visit patients and staff to help ease stress and anxiety. They bring joy and comfort to those who need it most,” said Paige Johnson, Pet Therapy Team Assistant, Volunteer Services, Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC).


The pups in the video are just a small sample of the nearly 90 teams across Orlando Health hospitals. The program started in 2007. Pet Therapy at Orlando Health is supported by PetSmart Charities.


Orlando Health followers are encouraged to use #orlandohealthpettherapy.




About Orlando Health  

Orlando Health is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $5.6 billion of assets under management. The system spans nine Florida counties with nearly 450 locations that include 13 wholly-owned or affiliated hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer centers, heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, more than 300 physician offices for adults and pediatrics, and 11 urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. In FY18, Orlando Health served approximately 167,000 inpatients, more than 2.7 million outpatients, and more than 20,000 international patients. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. Nearly 3,600 physicians have privileges across the system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with nearly 20,500 employees. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $620 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at

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