The Leo Project: Announcing the Swedish MS Center's new pet therapy program

May 28, 2013

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish is pleased to present the Leo Project, the first outpatient pet therapy program in the Puget Sound region. The Leo Project brings trained dogs and volunteers to the MS Center once per week.

Ocho and her owner Kathy will be coming to the Swedish MS Center every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning this week! They’ll be available for visits in the Hedreen Wellness Studio (just inside the MS Center) for part of their time, and circulating through the lobby and physical therapy gym.

Our goal for the Leo Project is to offer patients the opportunity to experience the wide range of benefits that come from interacting with a trained therapy animal. Just a few of these benefits are decreased depression, isolation, and anxiety, as well as increased communication and comfort.

I’d encourage everyone living with MS, including family members and caregivers, to come and visit Ocho and Kathy between their appointments or just stop in on Wednesdays for a puppy fix.

For more information about the Leo Project and the MS Center’s pet projects, visit