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canine co-pilots – Dayton Children’s facility dog program

In January 2021, Dayton Children’s Hospital welcomed our new furry, four-legged friend - our facility dog, Amelia "Millie"! Millie is the first in our brand-new program, called canine co-pilots. Facility dogs in canine co-pilots are just one tool that our hospital staff will use to help provide support for kids receiving care at Dayton Children’s.

The canine co-pilots facility dog is different than a therapy dog. This dog is specifically trained by 4 Paws 4 Ability, a local organization in Xenia, for medical procedures and situations, more like a member of the care team. The facility dog will work with child life to help calm patients during certain procedures, encourage kids to get up and move around even when they're feeling sick, comfort kids who have experienced trauma, and more.

The canine co-pilots program is generously funded by gifts from donors. Gifts go towards the costs of the facility dog’s extensive training, food, regular grooming and vet visits.

donate to canine-copilots

Your support will allow us to improve the patient and family experience one paw at a time! Please consider donating today!