WHAT IS IT?
Shine On! Kids’ Hospital Facility Dog Program pairs a “Facility Dog”, specially trained for 1.5 to 2 years to international service dog standards to work in a children’s hospital with a “Clinician Handler”, a medical professional who has acquired the knowledge and skills for handling the Facility Dog. Together they work everyday at a single children’s hospital as part of the medical team supporting the care of the sickest pediatric patients. All of Shine On! Kids’ Hospital Facility Dog handlers are certified nurses with years of clinical experience.
Because the handler is a medical professional, they:
Some activities include:
2021…in many ways, was one of the most productive years ever for Shine On! Kids. All of the restrictions of Covid simply highlighted how important building resilience and providing psychological care is for EVERYONE…but yes, in particular, for our kids in hospital.
Two new Hospital Facility Dog Teams are starting work this summer thanks to Shine On! Kids’ Facility Dog Training Project launched in fiscal year 2019. This brings the total number of children’s hospitals in Japan with Facility Dogs to four.
We are so excited to announce that Ty and Masa are now starting work with their handlers in their new hospitals! Thank you to everyone who supported this 2-year journey including our many generous donors and our puppy volunteers. It takes a village to raise a Hospital Facility Dog!