Paula's PetPal Place is a service that allows patients to unite with their personal pets during hospitalization at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Part of UCLA's People-Animal Connection Program (PAC) - which facilitates 70 carefully trained, volunteer-owned dogs to the bedside of patients at the hospital - Paula's PetPal Place adds a new dimension to PAC Program services.
Paula's PetPal Place is also an outdoor area next the hospital. Thanks to the generous donation from Paula Kent Meehan, the grassy area outside UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital has been designated as Paula's PetPal Place, where pet visits will take place.
The focus of Paula's PetPal Place program is the personal connection between patients and their pets. For many people, a pet is part of the family. When patients are hospitalized for long periods of time, they miss their pet tremendously. Bringing patients together with their dogs or cats can help their mental and emotional well-being. These visits not only boost patients' spirits, but promote healing.
The goal of the program is to reconnect the bond that is shared with the pet and family, and allow for the healing power of being with our loved ones. Healthcare doesn't get more warm and fuzzy than this!