Facility Dog Program

The facility dog works with a therapist to help you meet your goals

Through the support of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, Magee has established its Facility Dog program, adding a new official member to the Magee team: Joey, a five-year-old Golden Retriever and Black Lab mix. Through Magee’s Facility Dog program, Joey works alongside trained health and human service professionals to support patients in their therapy and facilitate the rehabilitation process.

Facility Dogs work side by side with health and human service professionals to engage patients in sessions designed to improve functional outcomes, stimulate healing and recovery, and provide comfort and unconditional love. While many health care facilities may have animals visit with patients, these animals are generally handled by volunteers and are not used to help patients meet specific, planned treatment goals. Through Magee’s Facility Dog program, the treatment providers are health and human service professionals, not volunteers. Patients’ sessions with Joey, who is highly trained and educated, are goal-directed, and functional outcomes are measured, recorded and documented.