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Pet Therapy

Dexter a Pet Therapy dog

Also known as animal-assisted therapy, Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is proud to offer Pet Therapy at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Animals provide service and bring joy as companions and provide emotional support to patients and their caregivers.  While the cancer journey brings stress and uncertainty, the animals often provide the best kind of medicine: providing company, reducing stress and providing a welcome distraction.  Studies have shown that the simple act of petting a dog can lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as boosting overall wellness.  

Meet Darla, Dexter and Zeus!

Collage of dogs named Dexter, Darla, and Zeus

Giving back

Has an animal or pet played a special role in your cancer treatments? Share your story by contacting Michal Greenberg at or 215-573-2480.

Make a gift in support of the Pet Therapy initiatives