Animal-Assisted Activity Program

Our therapy dogs deliver smiles, stress relief, and companionship for patients, families, and our healthcare team. The Doylestown Health volunteers who share their time, talent, and best friend are registered pet therapy handlers.

Meet the beloved pups from our Animal-Assisted Activity program. Their visits spread joy and help to provide stress relief and a temporary distraction from the challenges of the day for patients, families, and members of our healthcare team.

Meet Our Therapy Dogs
Patient and therapy dog interacting together | Doylestown Health

About

Spending time with an adorable, friendly, well-mannered therapy dog adds a dose of joy to your hospital experience. Our Animal-Assisted Activity Program brings a certified therapy team — therapy dog and volunteer handler — to deliver comfort, companionship, happiness, and fun as you heal.

These special animals have the temperament and skills to safely brighten your day, whether you are a patient or a member of our healthcare team. Every dog and handler in our program is tested, registered, and insured by a national or regional pet therapy organization. We welcome therapy dog teams registered with these organizations: 

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Comfort Caring Canines

Pet Partners

Therapy Dogs International

Our therapy dog and handler teams complete an orientation, obtain security clearances, share veterinary records, and are mentored by experienced Doylestown Hospital therapy dog handlers.

How Therapy Dogs Can Help

Therapy dog interactions can boost your mood and bring a smile to your face. Our therapy dogs are a pleasant distraction from the reason you are in the hospital and a tail-wagging reminder of a pet in your life.  If you are feeling stressed, the companionship of a therapy dog can be a good antidote. Just petting a dog can help lower stress-related increases in heart rate and blood pressure.

While the Animal-Assisted Activity we provide adds comfort and peace to your patient experience, we do not provide goal-oriented pet therapy in which an animal is integral to clinical healthcare treatment.


Request a Therapy Dog Visit

Therapy dogs can visit Doylestown Hospital patients in Pediatrics, 2nd Floor North and South, 3rd Floor West, 4th Floor East and West in any room without contact precautions.

Call Volunteer Services at 215.345.2204 to request a therapy dog visit.

Join the Therapy Dog Team

We welcome members of the pet therapy organizations below. Follow the links for info about becoming a registered therapy dog team with each organization. 

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Comfort Caring Canines

Pet Partners

Therapy Dogs International

Therapy dogs spend time with our patients, staff, and visitors. The dogs who visit children in Doylestown Hospital’s Della Penna Pediatrics Unit are members of Roxy Therapy Dogs as well as a member of either Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Comfort Caring Canines, or Pet Partners. Roxy does not have a partnership with Therapy Dogs International.

How to Join

1. If you’re already a registered therapy dog handler, call Volunteer Services at 215.345.2204 to schedule a shadow visit.  This visit is an opportunity to see a therapy dog team in action in a hospital setting and to ask questions so you can decide if the program is a match for you and your registered therapy dog before you invest the time needed to apply to join the team.

2. Download How to Join to learn about the process of becoming a registered therapy dog team and how to become a member of the Doylestown Hospital Animal-Assisted Activity program.

For Team Members

Therapy dog team members and those interested in best practices for pet therapy teams in a hospital setting can download the current Doylestown Hospital Assignment Guideline.

Support Our Program

Join the Schechter Family Foundation in supporting the therapy dog program. Visit Doylestown Health Foundation’s Honor a Caregiver page and pay tribute to a therapy dog while supporting volunteer services at Doylestown Hospital.

Spending time with an adorable, friendly, well-mannered therapy dog adds a dose of joy to your hospital experience. Our Animal-Assisted Activity Program brings a certified therapy team — therapy dog and volunteer handler — to deliver comfort, companionship, happiness, and fun as you heal.

These special animals have the temperament and skills to safely brighten your day, whether you are a patient or a member of our healthcare team. Every dog and handler in our program is tested, registered, and insured by a national or regional pet therapy organization. We welcome therapy dog teams registered with these organizations: 

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Comfort Caring Canines

Pet Partners

Therapy Dogs International

Our therapy dog and handler teams complete an orientation, obtain security clearances, share veterinary records, and are mentored by experienced Doylestown Hospital therapy dog handlers.

How Therapy Dogs Can Help

Therapy dog interactions can boost your mood and bring a smile to your face. Our therapy dogs are a pleasant distraction from the reason you are in the hospital and a tail-wagging reminder of a pet in your life.  If you are feeling stressed, the companionship of a therapy dog can be a good antidote. Just petting a dog can help lower stress-related increases in heart rate and blood pressure.

While the Animal-Assisted Activity we provide adds comfort and peace to your patient experience, we do not provide goal-oriented pet therapy in which an animal is integral to clinical healthcare treatment.


Therapy dogs can visit Doylestown Hospital patients in Pediatrics, 2nd Floor North and South, 3rd Floor West, 4th Floor East and West in any room without contact precautions.

Call Volunteer Services at 215.345.2204 to request a therapy dog visit.

We welcome members of the pet therapy organizations below. Follow the links for info about becoming a registered therapy dog team with each organization. 

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Comfort Caring Canines

Pet Partners

Therapy Dogs International

Therapy dogs spend time with our patients, staff, and visitors. The dogs who visit children in Doylestown Hospital’s Della Penna Pediatrics Unit are members of Roxy Therapy Dogs as well as a member of either Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Comfort Caring Canines, or Pet Partners. Roxy does not have a partnership with Therapy Dogs International.

How to Join

1. If you’re already a registered therapy dog handler, call Volunteer Services at 215.345.2204 to schedule a shadow visit.  This visit is an opportunity to see a therapy dog team in action in a hospital setting and to ask questions so you can decide if the program is a match for you and your registered therapy dog before you invest the time needed to apply to join the team.

2. Download How to Join to learn about the process of becoming a registered therapy dog team and how to become a member of the Doylestown Hospital Animal-Assisted Activity program.

Therapy dog team members and those interested in best practices for pet therapy teams in a hospital setting can download the current Doylestown Hospital Assignment Guideline.

Join the Schechter Family Foundation in supporting the therapy dog program. Visit Doylestown Health Foundation’s Honor a Caregiver page and pay tribute to a therapy dog while supporting volunteer services at Doylestown Hospital.