Written by : Paula Felps 

Healing Paws With Heather Stohr

Plenty of research shows that pets can help us heal, and now even hospitals are warming up to the idea. On this episode, host Brittany Derrenbacher sits down with Heather Stohr, a certified child life specialist at Norton Children’s in Louisville, KY.  Heather manages the facility dog program at Norton Healthcare, which allows animals to play a very important role in the healing process for patients, families, and caregivers. Find out how they are changing lives one hospital bed at a time.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What a facility dog does in a hospital — and how it changes the way patients heal.
  • How dogs are trained to become facility dogs.
  • How dogs are also changing the lives of prisoners as they are being trained.


Links and Resources

  • Learn more about the Facility Dog Program at Norton Healthcare here.
  • Learn more about Paws with Purpose here.
  • Follow Juno the Facility Dog at @juno_bringsjoy


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