Multiple Sclerosis Center welcomes new pet therapy pup

July 12, 2013

We are very excited to welcome the newest volunteers for the Leo Project to the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center: Peggy and her chocolate lab Gracie! Peggy and Gracie will be at the MS Center on Mondays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Just like Kathy and Ocho, Peggy and Gracie will be here for two hours at a time and will be circulating around the lobby, the Wellness studio, and the physical therapy gym.

Peggy and Gracie are old friends with Swedish. They also visit people in inpatient rehabilitation and the Swedish Behavioral Health Program at the Cherry Hill Campus.

Through the Leo Project, we hope to give patients access to the wide range of benefits that come from interacting with therapy animals. Numerous studies have shown that pets can reduce the risk of stress-related diseases such as coronary heart disease and hypertension, as well as feelings of anxiety and depression. Contact with therapy animals can also provide a source of comfort and safety to patients and visitors.

Please join me in welcoming the newest volunteers to the MS Center!