Pet Pals Healing Paws

Pooch-A-Palooza: A Birthday Fundraiser for Melena

Join us virtually on Zoom on Wednesday, September 22 to celebrate Melena's first year anniversary at University Hospitals. Melena, a three-year-old Golden Retriever, works in pediatric hematology and oncology; her presence as a facility dog has had a positive impact on patients, families and caregivers at UH Rainbow. 

Pet Pals is a pet therapy program at University Hospitals that uses trained volunteers and their adult dogs to make short, in-room visits to adults and children who would enjoy the company of a furry friend. In addition to Pet Pals, UH welcomed two facility dogs last year - Melena and Starbucks, a two-year-old Chocolate Labrador. Unlike therapy dogs, facility dogs are trained with their handler to assist in duties of their specific work environment. Both dogs help patients cope with illness and hospitalization.

Wednesday, September 22 | 2:30-3 p.m.
Join the Zoom Celebration

Meeting ID: 999 4903 8660
Password: 465170

In honor of Melena's birthday, make a gift to support facility dogs and the Pet Pals program.

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If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Kratus at