I'm Norbert, a 3-lb registered therapy dog and a proud volunteer at CHLA with Julie. My life's purpose is to make others smile. I once thought I couldn't do anything important because I'm so little, but I've learned you don't have to be big to make a BIG difference in the world.
I invite you to help support my fundraising efforts with a donation to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of many young patients and their families. Any amount, great or small, will be greatly appreciated and will help us create hope and build healthier futures for the families of Southern California and beyond by supporting dog therapy for as many patients and families as possible.
For a glimpse into my volunteer work as a registered therapy dog, I invite you to read this article by People:
"How 3 Pounds of Fluff Can Change a Life: Meet Norbert the Therapy Dog!"
This entirely donation-funded program has been an important part of the culture at CHLA since the program's inception in 2001.
Thanks to supporters like you, the AFF Dog Therapy Program offers the physical, emotional and social benefits of dog therapy to hospitalized kids. The CHLA Therapy Dogs just celebrated an incredible milestone - one straight year of dogs visiting patients. Every Single. Day.
On average, there are now 4 dogs on campus every day, visiting more than 800 patients a month, totaling more than 10,000 patient visits a year. The dogs and their owners are all volunteers, and the program is funded entirely through donations.
A visit from a therapy dog can bring comfort, entertainment, distraction, joy, stress relief, pain relief, and an opportunity for a uniquely positive emotional connection at what can be a very challenging time. Because parents, siblings, visitors and staff are also encouraged to indulge in dog therapy, the program's impact is felt all over the CHLA campus.
Let's Spread Smiles Together!
Help support my fundraising efforts with a donation to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Your tax-deductible gift will help fulfill the hospital's mission to create hope and build healthier futures for the families of Southern California and beyond. Thank you!