Mondays, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: MS Center Wellness Studio, waiting areas and physical therapy gym
All individuals living with MS are welcome to visit.
Ocho and Kathy (left) and Gracie (right), the MS Center pet therapy team
The MS 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.
Mondays, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Patients and visitors are welcome and encouraged to visit with the dog in the MS Center Wellness Studio. Sit, pet and stay as long as you’d like.
Through the Leo Project, we hope to allow everyone the opportunity to experience the warm presence and healing effects that pets can bring to enhance our lives.
Pet Therapy for the Leo Project is provided by Pet Partners, a non-profit organization that trains and certifies volunteers and their animals for pet therapy in a variety of settings. Pet Partners also provides a directory for people who would like to adopt their own service dog.
The Leo Project’s namesake is MS Center nurse Kim Lozano’s chocolate lab. Leo leaves a lasting compassion and love of dogs that Kim hopes to bring to patients at the MS Center.
Follow the Swedish MS Blog to keep up with the Leo Project and other MS Center news.
The Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish is starting a new Pet of the Month project. The pet of the month will be featured on the MS Center website and in our lobby, showing a picture of your pet along with some fun facts about them.
Would you like to nominate your pet for Pet of the Month? Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Tell us how your pet has made an impact on your life
- Pet's name and/or nickname
- Type of animal
- How long you've been companions
- Favorite toys or activities
Pet of the Month is a part of the Leo Project at the MS Center, the first outpatient pet therapy program in the Puget Sound region. The Leo Project will bring trained pet therapists with their dogs to the MS Center on a weekly basis. Through the Leo Project, we hope to allow everyone the opportunity to experience the warm presence and healing effects that pets can bring to enhance our lives.
“My family adopted Leo as a very tubby one year-old chocolate lab puppy. It was impossible not to love such an incredibly goofy and good-natured dog. Over the years we knew Leo, my family became familiar with his many attributes, from the unnatural way he could fit four tennis balls into his mouth, to the way his entire body would wag with his tail when he was excited. It was impossible not to be won over by his good nature. Leo lived to the age of 13. When I see people out with their dogs, I miss Leo very much, but also feel so happy knowing how much joy a dog can bring to a person’s life. It is my hope that the Leo Project, in honor of my Leo, could bring the same sort of happiness and comfort Leo brought to me and my family.” - Kim Lozano, RN