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Pets bring hope to patients at Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program

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Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program is once again helping four-legged furry friends in the local animal shelters. The hospice’s Pet Therapy Program, which comprises 14 trained therapy dogs, will hold its 7th Annual Dog Bed & Blanket Drive to help keep animals warm this season as the colder weather permeates the Las Vegas valley.

From Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2018, all Nathan Adelson Hospice locations will serve as drop-off points for new or gently used items including: Dog and cat beds; blankets; towels; wash cloths; linens; and unopened pet food. The donation drop-off locations are: 4141 Swenson St., Las Vegas; 3150 N. Tenaya Way (near Cheyenne), Suite 350, in the Mountain View Medical Office Building, Las Vegas; 2270 E. Commercial Rd., Suite A/B in Pahrump; and 1201 Nevada State Drive in Henderson.

Also, SilverSummit Healthplan, a managed care plan that provides health insurance to the people of Nevada, and NetEffect, a full-service provider of computer and information technology support and consulting services for businesses, will serve as additional drop-off points. The address for SilverSummit Healthplan is 2500 N. Buffalo Dr., Floor 2 (near Smoke Ranch), Las Vegas, NV 89128. NetEffect is located at 5575 S. Durango Dr., Suite 110, in Las Vegas.

Lisa Browder, manager of the Complementary Therapies Program at Nathan Adelson Hospice, said more than 8,100 items have been donated to local shelters over the last six winter seasons thanks to the generosity of community members, volunteers and employees.

“Our Pet Therapy Program is filled with compassionate pet therapists who are thrilled to help collect these necessary items for local shelter animals,” Browder said. “We all love to support these animals looking for a forever home and also the shelters that house and take care of them. In fact, most of the pets working in our program originally came from shelters.”

The Pet Therapy Program is part of the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program, which was created in 1999 as a means by which the hospice could provide a greater range of valuable therapies to patients. Patients and loved ones are able to request various therapies and techniques, such as pet therapy, reiki, reflexology, massage, and aromatherapy, to help ease discomfort by providing a calming and soothing environment. The goal is to provide the most effective, innovative and compassionate care possible. The Pet Therapy Program’s innovative strategy is designed to help improve the quality of life for hospice patients and has been one of the most successful therapies implemented thus far. It has been shown that spending time with a friendly animal can lift depression, lower blood pressure and respiratory rates, and bring comfort.

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