Two prominent American restaurant chains vowed to spread positivity and joy to children who are undergoing treatment in hospitals. Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins introduced the initiative Dogs for Joy. They partnered with a charitable institution known as the Joy and Childhood Foundation to bring smiles and happiness to young hospital patients through dogs.
According to the companies, the program will provide full-time therapy dogs to children in different hospitals across the United States. Although therapy dogs are a common sight in most hospitals, the companies will hire therapy dogs specifically for children.
Both Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins allotted a whopping budget of $2 million for this initiative. The budget is high since it will include the devising of the program structure for the therapy dogs. Under the primer released by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, the therapy dogs shall undergo training at the same hospitals they will be deployed. The reason for this is for the dogs to familiarize themselves with the environment. Furthermore, this will equip the dogs the needed competencies in giving services to their future patients.
The budget also includes the mentoring of dogs throughout their training. Mentoring involves teaching the dogs the right way of dealing with younger patients. Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins eye to hire as many therapy dogs as possible since they believe that dogs are capable of doing the job exceptionally well.
The companies know that dogs bring positive energy even during challenging times like confinement in the hospitals. They added that the presence of dogs inside hospitals decreases children’s cynical perception about hospital admission. According to the primer, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is the first hospital to be given a budget. Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins granted the hospital a $150,000 budget to realize the vision of providing therapy dogs to young patients. The hospital seeks to finish the training for dogs before the year ends.
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Credits to Joy in Childhood Foundation.