Pet Therapy in Southwest Michigan - Bronson Healthcare

Pet Therapy

Being in the hospital can be a stressful time for you and your family. To make your stay at Bronson the best it can be, we offer pet therapy by request. Our talented and specially trained canine volunteers help bring comfort and smiles everywhere they go.

Pet therapy has been shown to provide several benefits for patients. It can:

  • Provide distraction from pain and anxiety
  • Alleviate sadness and depression
  • Encourage healing
  • Promote physical activity
  • Enhance physical rehabilitation and speech therapy
  • Reduce blood pressure

Meet our furry friends

Our pet therapy program began in the pediatric unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital more than 20 years ago. Due to overwhelming success, you can now request a visit from our furry friends in several units at Bronson LakeView, Bronson Battle Creek and Bronson Methodist hospitals.

Photo of Annie Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Annie

Breed: Shih Tzu Poodle mix
Volunteer since: 2012
Volunteers with: Rich
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Location: Bronson Methodist Hospital

Fun Facts:

  • Loves to box
  • Loves to be held
  • Loves a crowd
Photo of Cash Pet Therapy Dog

Meet Cash

Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog
Volunteer since: 2015
Volunteers with: Teresa
Certification: Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International
Location: Bronson Methodist Hospital
Fun Facts:

  • AKC Champion show dog with 4 obedience titles
  • Loves to swim and jump off the diving board into the pool
  • Lives on a farm with 2 other dogs, 2 horses, 3 cats, a bunny and a bird
Photo of Connie Lynn, Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Connie Lynn

Breed: Retriever mix
Volunteer since: 2019
Volunteers with: Linda
Certification: Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Location: Bronson Methodist Hospital
Fun Facts:

  • Will sit up and beg to get a belly rub
  • Does many tricks including rolling over and jumping through a hula hoop
Photo of Crystal Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Crystal

Breed: Samoyed
Volunteer since: 2018
Volunteers with: Carol
Certification: Therapy Dog International
Location: Bronson Battle Creek
Fun Facts:

  • Therapy dog for ten years
  • Retired sled dog
  • Weight pull champion
Photo of Lyric Pet Therapy Dog

Meet Lyric

Breed: Old English Sheepdog
Volunteer since: 2017
Volunteers with: Paula and Cliff
Membership: Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Location: Bronson Methodist Hospital
Fun Facts:

  • Lyric is a retired champion show dog
  • Likes to play hide and seek
  • Falls asleep in the bathtub
Photo of Lulu Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Lulu

Breed: Shih Tzu
Volunteer since: 2017
Volunteers with: Mary
Certification: Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Location: Bronson Methodist Hospital
Fun Facts:

  • Favorite toy is a teddy bear pillow, which is almost bigger than she is
  • Loves to fly on airplanes to visit family
  • Doesn’t like the rain, she hides in a closet and looks at the ceiling
Photo of Mr. Schultz Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Mr. Schultz

Breed: Giant Schnauzer
Volunteer since: 2015
Volunteers with: Susan
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Membership: Pet Partners
Location: Bronson Lakeview Hospital
Fun Facts:

  • Can flip a dog treat off his nose and catch it in his mouth
  • Loves to fetch tennis balls thrown in the lake
  • Is a strong swimmer, but has to relearn how to swim every spring
Photo of Turbo Pablos Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Turbo Pablos

Breed: Greyhound
Volunteer since: 2019
Volunteers with: Jerry and Shannon
Membership: Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Location: Bronson Methodist Hospital
Fun Facts:

  • Retired racer, now a 45 MPH couch potato
  • Knows English and Spanish commands
  • Enjoys squeaky toys and napping upside down
  • Loves meeting people
Photo of Winter Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Winter

Breed: Giant Schnauzer
Volunteer since: 2013
Volunteers with: Sue
Certification: Canine Good Citizen and Pet Partners
Location: Bronson Lakeview Hospital
Fun Facts:

  • Was rescued from a shelter in Arkansas
  • Loves Nylabones, agility class and playing with her puppy sibling
  • Can flip a dog treat off her nose and catch it in her mouth

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