NutriSource Pet Foods Funds Hospital's First Facility Dog
NutriSource Pet Foods provided $250,000 to help M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital bring on its first and only full-time facility dog.
Rocket, presented by NutriSource, is a golden retriever who will help support children and families during hospitalizations and clinic visits. He will help young patients take medicine, relax during anxious moments, encourage them to walk after surgery and offer support and affection during medical procedures. He was formally introduced to the hospital during a short program on Dec. 5th.
Rocket went through years of advanced, specialized training allowing him to be present during medical procedures – something other therapy dogs visiting the hospital are not able to do.
“There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our children, [and] the bond between pets and kids is extra special,” said Charlie Nelson, president of KLN Family Brands. “In addition to our mission to provide nutritious and healthy food for our four-legged family members, we are proud to support the great work at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital by funding the Nutrisource Facility Dog Program.”