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Community Hospice suspends therapy pet visits

April 1, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Pet Therapy pets are unable to make visits to patients and their families. These compassionate dogs and cats travel to see patients in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau St. Johns, Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, Suwannee and Union counties.

“We felt a card mailed out along with a collage of photos of the patient’s therapy pet would cheer them up during this time,” said Chris Whitney, Volunteer Coordinator “It is essential for our patients to know that the Pet Therapy team is thinking of them as well as miss them.”

Pet therapy is yet another way that Community Hospice & Palliative Care brings comfort and smiles to our patients and their families. Registered therapy animals and their owners have played an important part of the Community Hospice care team since 1996.

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