MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Children’s Minnesota has announced a $30,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to support the health care system’s Pets Assisting with Healing program in 2020.

The grant will help fund program-related expenses including staffing, training costs, pet acquisition, equipment and supplies.

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The pet healing program aims to normalize the hospital environment for patients, while also motivating kids with their occupational, speech or physical therapy goals.

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“We’re so thankful for this generous grant from PetSmart Charities which will help us provide a better experience to patients and families,” said Joy Johnson-Lind, senior director of child and family services at Children’s Minnesota. “As a nonprofit pediatric health system, we rely on the community to support us in offering unique services that make kids feel more at home and support them on their medical journey.”

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Pets Assisting with Healing is a volunteer service offered at both the Children’s Minnesota hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul. To learn more about how you can get involved click here.