Caring Canines

Not just a DOG, but a special FRIEND.

FMC’S Caring Canines Program
Flagstaff Medical Center, a Delta Society Pet Partner Affiliate, is one of several hospitals that provide animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy. These programs change people’s lives, including patients, students and even the owners of the animals. Volunteers and their pets have been shown to significantly contribute to psychological and physiological well-being in various populations. FMC’s animal-assisted activity and therapy programs provide not just a dog, but a special friend.

About the programs
Caring Canines is FMC’s inpatient animal assisted-activity program. The process is very simple. A volunteer knocks on a patient’s door and asks if he or she would like a visit with the therapy dog. If invited in, the dog and owner will enter the room to visit with the patient. The owner answers any questions about the dog or animal-assisted activities. Patients may request a Caring Canine visit by speaking with their nurse.

The many health benefits of animal assisted activities and therapy
The benefits of animal assisted activities/therapy have been well researched and documented. Animals are able to provide a general feeling of well-being, unconditional affection and interaction. The visits with the therapy dog can reduce feelings of isolation and touch deprivation. Clinical studies continue to show that animals play a role in reducing blood pressure and anxiety levels, and can help increase patient and student motivation.

Can you and your pet make people smile?
Can you make the time to visit patients or students a few times a month? Then consider getting involved as a Delta Society Pet Partner. Both people and their pets need special skills and tools to work effectively with patients and students. Pet Partner registration covers two years and includes an identification badge, a tag for your pet, primary liability insurance (one million dollars), and more.

If you think your pet is a gift to share with others, here is how to get started in becoming a registered Delta Pet Partner team:

  1. Go to the Delta Society web site,, and learn more about Pet Partners.
  2. Contact FMC Volunteer Services at 928 773-2225 to find out when Pet Partner workshops and screenings are being offered.
  3. Complete the skills and aptitude screening. This screening will help you and your pet determine the population group, environment and setting that you and your pet are comfortable with visiting.
  4. To ensure that your pet’s health and well-being are not compromised, a complete health exam by your pet’s veterinarian is required.
  5. Fill out the Delta Pet Partner forms and submit them to Delta with a registration fee.

Once you and your pet are registered by Delta, you can work together to make people’s lives happier and healthier. Contact FMC at 773-2225 to schedule testing by the Director to determine qualification for becoming a member of FMC's Caring Canines Program.

The gift of friendship
Caring Canines is made available to patients at Flagstaff Medical Center and the community through the generous donations of caring individuals, businesses and other organizations. By giving to these programs through the Foundation for Flagstaff Medical Center, 100 percent of your donation will go toward the program of your choice. FMC is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you would like to contribute to this program and the well-being of patients and children, please contact the Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation at 928 773-2093 or give securely online at .

You also may mail donations to:
Caring Canines Program
Foundation for FMC
1200 N. Beaver Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001