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Griffin pet therapy team gets award

November 19, 2018

DERBY — The Griffin Hospital Pet Therapy Team of Nancy Schneider and her greyhound Star, of Monroe, recently received The Planetree Animal Therapy Team Award.

The Planetree Animal Therapy Team Awards are an annual, worldwide competition that searches out and recognizes healthcare animal therapy teams. These teams are often comprised of pets and their handlers who accomplish a variety of tasks, from helping patients with their physical therapy, lending an ear to a person who is suffering emotionally, or simply offering visitors to a healthcare facility a warm welcome.

According a release from Griffin, Schneider and Star received the honor due to “Star’s infinite patience when tending to patients. A great example of this occurred when Star recently paid a visit to a hospice patient’s husband. Immediately upon meeting Star, the man fell to his knees and embraced her. Star patiently allowed him to soak in her calming presence. The following day when the patient’s wife passed away, the first words spoken by her husband when he left the hospital room were ‘thank you for sending me that beautiful dog.’ ”

Founded in 1978 by, Angelica Thieriot, a San Francisco patient who endured a traumatic healthcare experience, Planetree is an internationally-recognized not-for-profit organization that partners with health care providers around the globe to advance patient-/resident-centered approaches to care. These include pet therapy and other services.

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