Dogs On Call (DOC) Canine Therapy Program
Marshall Foundations’ canine therapy program touches the lives of many in El Dorado County. Max, a labradoodle, and his friends from area pet therapy organizations are lovable, outgoing animals and want to make others feel happy and stress free.
Benefits of Canine Therapy
Dogs provide more than unconditional love and companionship. They offer proven medical benefits. For someone battling an illness, affection from a four-legged friend can make the difference between a good and bad day.
Patients at Marshall Cancer Center have the benefit of visits with Max, bringing smiles and calm reassurance to patients.
Proven benefits of canine therapy:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers heart rate
- Increases endorphin levels – the feel-good hormones
- Decreases cortisol which is linked to stress
- Patients look forward to and feel more comfortable during therapy sessions
Dogs on Call has partnered with Foothill Therapy Dogs to ensure canine therapy can expand in the El Dorado County area. The organization has therapy dogs that provide support in a variety of situations even serve on the frontlines. In times of crisis or disaster their therapy dogs provide needed comfort for those who are hurting. Some of the places you will see therapy dogs in El Dorado County:
- Marshall Cancer Resource Center
- Marshall Hospital Transitional Care Center
- Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope
- Area preschools
- El Dorado County Juvenile Hall
- Snowline Hospice
- Eskaton Senior Living Communities
- Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises
- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
How to Donate
The goal of the Dogs on Call program is to raise awareness of therapy dog programs while expanding their service to our community. This is where you come in. Donating to the Dogs on Call fund will allow the program to expand with therapy dogs touching the lives of many more people.