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Animal Facilitated Therapy

Animals have been used in institutional settings for years to comfort lonely and depressed patients, alleviate boredom, and help make facilities more "homelike."  An Animal Facilitated Therapy (AFT) has been an exciting part of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital since 1985.  Our AFT program has become a well-known and popular feature of the hospital and a model for programs across the nation and internationally

This innovative program includes four unique components:

  1. The use of specially trained Rehabilitation Dogs in physical, occupational, speech and therapeutic recreation therapy sessions.
  2. A group of dedicated volunteers who are taught how to visit patients with their own Therapy Dogs.
  3. An Animal Care Specialist available to provide Pet Care Consultations to help patients care for their pets at home.
  4. A Pet Visitation Policy allows a patient's own pets to visit them while they are in the hospital.


For more information on the Northeast Rehab AFT Program and volunteer opportunities, please contact us at 603-893-2900.

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