Canuck Place Children's Hospice celebrates National Therapy Animal Day as an integral part of its interdisciplinary care
Nurse Practitioner Camara van Breemen and Gaia
Gaia was chosen from dozens of candidates for this type of work not only because she demonstrates the ability to seek out those that need her support, but perhaps more importantly, she can support them without taking on the stress herself. This is a rare trait in dogs, just as it is in the special humans that work at Canuck Place."
Laura Watamanuk, Executive Director, PADS
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia and the Yukon’s pediatric palliative care provider. Over 800 children living with life-threatening illnesses and families from five provincial health regions receive Canuck Place inpatient and community care (in home/in hospital). Canuck Place operates 13 patient beds and 8 family suites through two hospices in Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include medical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, provincial 24-hour clinical care line, music and recreation therapy, education and art, grief, loss, and bereavement counselling, as well as end-of-life care. With donors, our talented team, including over 370 volunteers, we care for children with short lives and the families who love them. canuckplace.org
Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) breeds, raises and trains fully certified assistance dogs. Our service (mobility & PTSD) and hearing dogs provide life-changing independence to those with physical disabilities other than blindness. Our accredited facility dogs work with community professionals, such as teachers, RCMP and psychologists to help support healthy communities. PADS is a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International. pads.ca