Medical Facilities

Pet therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems (Mayo Clinic, 2017).  Pet therapy is becoming more and more popular in local hospitals and medical facilities not only to assist in making patients feel more comfortable and less stressed, but also to provide stress relief to hospital staff. 

Pet therapy also helps family members ease the anxiety of a loved one's illness and/or hospital stay.  Family members and friends sitting in waiting rooms for long periods feel the comfort of interacting with a therapy animal.   

Several local hospitals and medical facilities have developed their own pet therapy programs, in which PPSAZ participates. Most local hospitals and other medical facilities that use pet therapy have stringent rules to ensure that the animals are clean, vaccinated, well-trained and screened for appropriate behavior in which are similar to the same rules of Pet Partners.

Below are local hospitals/medical facilities that partner with PPSAZ to provide pet therapy.  If you are interested in volunteering at one or more of these facilities, you may contact the facilities directly unless otherwise indicated.  
Locations/Regions: Central/South. UMC Main and South Campuses and Diamond Children’s Center
Contact: Volunteer Resources Coordinator


Crisis Response Center
2802 E District Street, Tucson 85714
Region:  South 
Contact:  Diane Alexander of PPSAZ
Email:  [email protected]

Region:  Northwest
Contact:  Manager Education and Volunteer Services

Oro Valley Hospital - Rehab Dept
1551 E Tangerine Rd, Tucson, AZ 85755 (cross streets Tangerine, west of Oracle)

Region:  Northwest
Contact: Behavioral Health Therapist/Occupational Therapist
(520) 901-6254

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital
6050 North Corona Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704
Region:  Northwest
Contact: Recreational Therapist  
Phone: 520-256-1350 
Alternate contact:  Art Therapist   
5301 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712
Region:  Central/East

Kimberly Nunez, Volunteer Services Specialist
Beth Gilbert, Wellness Specialist

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