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Volunteers with dogs deliver Valentine's cards to kids in the hospital at UCLA

Date: 02/12/2014
Contact: Roxanne Moster
WHAT:
Despite being in the hospital, pediatric patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA will get to celebrate Valentine's Day when three canine teams from UCLA's People–Animal Connection (PAC), an animal-assisted therapy program, greet the children and bring them handmade Valentine's cards. The volunteer dog teams, who will don Valentine's Day costumes, will visit the kids in their hospital rooms and in the pediatric play room.
 
WHO:
The dogs and their owners include:
 
Scout and Beth
Scout, a 12-year-old Shepherd mix, and his owner, hospital volunteer Beth Goldfarb (Los Angeles
 
Daisy, Paco and Jane
Daisy, a 15-year-old yellow Labrador; Paco, an 11-year-old black Labrador; and their owner, hospital volunteer Jane Tomlinson (Los Angeles)
 
Finn and Erin
Finn, a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees–Labrador mix, and owner Erin Rice (Malibu), director of UCLA's People–Animal Connection (PAC)
 
 
WHEN:
11–11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13
 
WHERE:
Interested media should meet at 10:45 a.m. at the information desk in the main lobby of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The canine teams will deliver cards and greet children at the Child Life Playroom on the fifth floor of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
 
BACKGROUND:
The Valentine's Day event is hosted by the hospital's Child Life/Child Development department in an effort to make sure the young patients experience a memorable celebration. The handmade Valentine's Day cards were generously donated by a group of women who are part of an organization called Dollies Making a Difference. They bring dolls to hospitalized patients, as well as other gifts, during the holidays.
 
R.S.V.P. | PARKING:
Please call media contact to R.S.V.P. and arrange parking.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Roxanne Moster | UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations | 310-794-2264



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