Organizations Team Up to Help Healthcare Workers & Dogs
West Paw, Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C) and Merrill Lynch are partnering to help Montana’s front-line medical workers and their dogs.
Together, the organizations are putting together small care packages of puzzle toys and treats for the dogs of hospital staff in Missoula and Bozeman. The goal of the donation is to help reduce stress for hospital staff and their dogs while workers spend longer hours away from their pets.
“Every dog owner can relate to the nagging feeling we feel when we leave our dogs at home longer than usual,” said Dr. Megan Parker, director of research for WD4C. “We can’t help directly in the hospitals, but we can help the staff be more present by not worrying about their best friends while they are there.”
“To help keep dogs busy while their owners work longer days, West Paw is proud to donate enrichment toys to healthcare worker’s dogs,” said Spencer Williams, CEO and president of West Paw. “Research has shown that dogs who work at challenging activities, such as getting a treat out of a puzzle dog toy, helps their brain development while filling their time. Donating dog toys is another way we can help our healthcare workers.”