Spring Into Action 

a fund-raising event to benefit
Hartford Hospital's
Pet Therapy Program

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
5-8 p.m.

Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital
Ambulatory Services Building, 4th Floor
31 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT 


Join YLAC for the 8th Annual Spring Into Action. Enjoy an evening of great company as we raise money for Hartford Hospital's Pet Therapy Program. Please check back for more information about the event.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information, click here for the Sponsorship Opportunities guide or contact Meghan.Bianco@HHCHealth.org. 

About Hartford Hospital's Pet Therapy Program

The Pet Therapy Program helps to reduce the stress of hospitalization by making canine volunteers available for patient visits. Volunteers bring their pet therapy certified dogs in for visits at least once a month. They may interact with patients, visitors, and staff on patient units, in the lobby, or in the hospital's cancer centers. Therapy dogs escort patients to cancer treatments, accompany patients during mental health sessions, attend relaxation luncheons for doctors in residency, and visit schools after tragic events.

Prior to becoming a volunteer, each dog fulfills all Hartford Hospital requirements, including extensive veterinarian medical and behavioral protocols. The Pet Therapy dogs wear blue bandanas and an official hospital identification badge for easy recognition.

Demands for therapy dogs have grown tremendously. The program currently has 50 volunteer teams. In 2017, pet therapy teams contributed 2,600 hours of service to patients and staff.

Funds raised through Spring Into Action will help the program expand the number of pet therapy teams available to fulfill requests for visits.