Volunteer dogs and their owners make regular visits to Akron Children's Hospital in downtown Akron and in the Mahoning Valley at our Beeghly campus. These dogs have passed behavioral and physical screenings before joining the brigade. They help brighten our patients' hospital stays.
Doggie Brigade screenings are offered once a year for each campus. If you're interested in joining our Doggie Brigade, call 330-543-8424 (Akron) or 330-746-8350 (Mahoning Valley).
Petie the Pony
Every week during spring and summer, volunteers from Victory Gallop bring Petie the Pony, a miniature horse-and-pony mix, to Akron Children's Hospital in downtown Akron to pay bedside visits to young patients. Petie has been making regular visits to Children's Hospital since 1997. He has been featured on national TV and in People magazine, Time for Kids and Family Circle, to name a few.
If your child or teen must be hospitalized for more than 7 days and is unable to go home on a pass, your house pet may visit. Your child's attending doctor must first write the order for the pet to visit, after any possible allergies have been addressed.
Once the order is written, you may schedule a visit with the nursing staff. Before the visit, the animal must be well groomed and clean. Upon arrival, the pet and its owner check in with Security on the second floor and are then escorted to the child. The pet must remain in a cage.
As a special place for kids, Akron Children's naturally attracts special visitors wishing to cheer up those kids. Some of our special visitors are regular and predictable.
We have annual visits from baseball players from the University of Akron and Kent State University as well as Indy race car drivers and Soap Box Derby celebrities.
But, you also never know who will stop by. Celebrities such as LeBron James, the Easter Bunny, Brutus Buckeye, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Miss Ohio have stopped by to say “hi.”
Our patients have been equally enthused by visits from the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile and the Peepster.
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