Can Pet Visits Help Kids With Cancer?

Jessica Chubak

University of Washington

This project was funded on:
31 August 2013

We are in the home stretch!

Please consider donating in these final hours so that we'll be able to talk with more young cancer patients, their families, and their care providers to find out how to make pet visits possible for them. If we get enough donations, we’ll include another hospital in our pilot project.

Cancer is hard on kids and their families. Can visits from therapy animals make the time they spend in the hospital easier? What does it take to make these pet therapy visits safe and effective? Please donate to our project and help us find out.


Budget Overview

Visit out-of-area hospitals, conduct focus groups and interviews, and purchase tablets for data collection.

Meet the Researcher


I am a faculty member at Group Health Research Institute, where my research focus is improving cancer screening, care, and survivorship. My new project is inspired, in part, by my volunteer work after college. I helped in the pediatric ward of a hospital. Working with children and families I saw how play distracted them from the stress of being in the hospital. As a lover of pets, I find animals to be incredible companions. After learning about the Pet Partners program and promising preliminary work in Canada, I decided to include animal-assisted activities for children with cancer in my research program.

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Project Backers

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