Kokua Canine Program

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The Kokua Canine Pro­gram is com­prised of teams of vol­un­teers and their pets. The teams are there to make patients smile. Ben­e­fits are many.

When calm, friend­ly, lov­ing and well-behaved dogs vis­it and inter­act with patients and fam­i­ly mem­bers who enjoy ani­mals they may improve the qual­i­ty of life for each of them.

Peo­ple of all ages, with all kinds of phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions, will open up to an ani­mal. They’ll talk to a dog, they’ll be more com­fort­able around a dog, their blood pres­sure may go down, they’ll smile, and their affect will change.”

Phys­i­cal ben­e­fits: Exer­cise, plea­sur­able input, sen­so­ry stim­u­la­tion, decreased blood pres­sure, com­fort of touch, dis­trac­tion from pain and distress.

Emo­tion­al ben­e­fits: Uncon­di­tion­al love and atten­tion from the pet, spon­ta­neous expres­sion of emo­tion from the patient, reduced lone­li­ness, decreased anx­i­ety, increased relaxation.

Social ben­e­fits: Recre­ation, diver­sion and relief from bore­dom, monot­o­ny or iso­la­tion as well as the oppor­tu­ni­ty to com­mu­ni­cate with the pet regard­less of speech or hear­ing problems.

Cog­ni­tive ben­e­fits: Exer­cise of long and short-term mem­o­ry with rec­ol­lec­tion and com­par­i­son of past expe­ri­ences with pro­gram pets and/​or their own house­hold pets.

The dogs will have a well man­nered ref­er­ence let­ter from their vet­eri­nar­i­an. They will also be inter­viewed with their guardian by the Hos­pice staff. The dogs will be cur­rent with their vac­ci­na­tions, heart worm and flea pre­ven­tion along with being fresh­ly groomed and nails trimmed.

To make an appoint­ment for a dog vis­it or more infor­ma­tion call Adri­ana Degress, Direc­tor of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices at (808) 3247700 or email.