Therapy Cat Who Brings Pure Joy To Critically Ill Patients | Purrtacular

Therapy Cat Who Brings Pure Joy To Critically Ill Patients

This is Duke Ellington Morris. Named after a jazz legend, he has brought so much joy to critically ill patients at a UCSF Medical Center, in California.

Duke is part of a new initiative between the SPCA and the hospital, known as the animal-assisted therapy program. He visits ill patients, and reduces their stress, helps them forget their current issues, and overall brings smiles too all patients’ faces.
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This new program Duke is a part of, allows shelter pets to visit critically ill patients to help reduce blood pressure, pain, stress, anxiety, and depression.

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Before the special visits, the patients are screened to make sure they’re in a condition where they can have a pleasurable visit.

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The hospital explains, “Our staff screens for allergies before the cat visits, as well as taking precautions with hygiene etc. In addition, the SPCA’s animal-assisted therapy program has specific grooming guidelines.”

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The hospital said: “Duke brings furry snuggles and joy to critically ill patients in our intensive care unit! Our staff thinks he’s pretty “purr”-fect too!”
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A video of patients petting Duke was shared on the hospital’s Facebook page, and quickly was viewed over ten million times! During Duke’s hospital visit, he was pushed around on a cart to greet a few patients in need of some love.

Via Welovecatsandkittens