“We love our furry friends! Here at Carrie Tingley Hospital Outpatient Clinics, we look forward to our weekly visits from our 4 legged friends and their 2 legged handlers. They all bring such joy and smiles to patients, families and staff! It is a frequent occurrence during their visits to see a backup in the hallways where several people have gathered to get some puppy love! Thank you for making your visits so special for all!” –Alicia Robinson, Child Life Specialist, Carrie Tingley Hospital

 “Pet Therapy is such a blessing to the patients and staff here at Kaseman. I have seen patients’ faces light up when one of the dogs goes up to them and they get to reminisce about their own pets. It is the bright point of my day to see the dogs and give them a treat and speak with the volunteers. We are so lucky to have this program at Kaseman and I know that the patients are better cared for and the staff is happier as a result.” – Melissa Gilbert, Program Manager of Volunteer Services, Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital

 “Lovelace Westside Hospital is proud of the quality care, compassion and comfort we give our patients on a daily basis. As most pet owners know, our dogs are a part of our family and can bring us calm and peace during very trying and difficult times. Our volunteer therapy dogs at Lovelace Westside Hospital bring that same comfort and peace not only to our patients, but also to our staff and volunteers. Through the years, our pet visitors have become a part of the Lovelace Westside family and we look forward to seeing them weekly!” – Tina Lockwood, Director of Volunteer Services, Lovelace Westside Hospital

 “As a Volunteer Coordinator with Hospice Compassus it warms my heart and many times has even brought tears to my eyes to see the joy a Pet Therapy Volunteer brings to our hospice patients. Smiles, laughter and fond memories of their own pets return and open their hearts and minds to happier times. We are fortunate to have two wonderful Pet Therapy Volunteers who came to us through The Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers. The joy and comfort these volunteers and their pets bring to our hospice patients, enriching the quality of their last months of life is irreplaceable.”    – Maria “Patsy” Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice Compassus

 “We started a new pet therapy program at the Ronald McDonald House this year and are excited to partner with The Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers. The Family and staff response has been so much better than we could have anticipated.  Seeing our little ones dancing around in anticipation of the “puppies” coming is priceless. Karen has really made this a stress free and pleasant experience and we are looking forward to many years to come!” – Traci Pepper, Volunteer Programs Manager, Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico

 “It was such a joyful time with your sweet dogs at Memory Café on Saturday. Received two inputs already! Jerry, who was in the wheelchair, was “thrilled with Radar” when he sat in his lap. And Bob, who we were leery of because of past experiences with animals, just beamed on Sunday when he came up and said he “loved” the dogs!  Please convey our heartfelt gratitude for the time each of you took from your busy days to brighten the lives of those living with dementia. And yes, the caregivers are living with the disease as well and they were delighted with the smiles and joy they could see in their loved ones as well as themselves.”  – John Clapper, St. John’s Memory Café
 “Thank you for sharing your furry friends with us today! We know this activity means a lot to those who attend Memory Café. There is just nothing like a friendly dog to put smiles on our faces!” – In appreciation, St. John’s Memory Café, Care Team

“The Southwest Canine Corp of Volunteers have been visiting our Veterans at the Raymond G. Murphy Medical Center since 1989. SCCV visitations include on the ward, in the lobbies, waiting areas and at bedside. These visits have been a part of our Recreation Therapy Program’s quality of care. They bring friendly, sociable and engaging dog/handler teams to visit our most valued heroes in New Mexico. This group of volunteers is reliable, dependable and has been registered through the SCCV. I know as a therapist they meet the VA Standards of Excellence.” – Michelle McKenzie, MA, SCI Recreation Therapist, NMVAHCS

 Lovelace Medical Center is very appreciative of the Pet Therapy visits and the essential part of the healing process the visits provide. When a therapy dog enters the room of a patient, there is joy and the sense of unconditional love that only a dog can provide. Additionally, the therapy dogs bring happiness and a moment of stress relief to our staff. Each canine visitor is a great ambassador and reminder of the love and need of companionship for those patients and staff who enjoy or have enjoyed pet ownership. – Rev. Christopher Eyrich MDiv, Director Chaplaincy and Volunteer Services, Lovelace Medical Center, Heart and Rehabilitation Hospital