Pets at Duke

Pets at Duke, offered through the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, brings certified therapy dog visits to oncology patients and their families, free of charge. Each visit takes place in a safe environment with trained staff. Therapy dog visits provide a sense of calm, happiness and companionship that will make you feel right at home and is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Pets at Duke




 Our pet therapy dogs may come in different shapes and sizes but they all have a one thing in common, they love people!

Improving Quality of Life With Grant Help

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program and PetSmart Charities know that pets have the remarkable ability to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, improve our mood and bring us unconditional love.  That’s why, with the help of a $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, Pets at Duke is aiming to improve quality of life and provide a healthy diversion from the usual hospital routine for children while receiving treatment.

With this grant, we will have the ability to expand the existing pet therapy program in pediatrics to provide more visits to hospitalized children and their families. Additionally, we will pilot pet therapy visits in outpatient clinics.  Pets at Duke anticipates serving more than 5,000 patients and their families over the next year.