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Paws For Purpose

There are lots of ways we help kids be kids, through music, art and play.  Our facility dog and volunteer pet therapy dogs are more amazing resources to help kids focus on the positive.

The Children's Hospital VOLUNTEERS was honored to work with Edmond North BALTO, raising enough funds to make The Children's Hospital the first hospital in Oklahoma to add a facility therapy dog to the team!  For more than 20 years, kids have loved the support of our dedicated volunteer pet therapy dogs and handlers.  Over the past 10 years, a new best practice has emerged—to bring in facility dogs to help meet clinical goals while providing gentle support. 

Our sweet Targa comes to work every day with her handler Skyler.  They are available to respond to needs and requests in the moment, support kids during procedures, in intensive care and surgical settings, and at other times when a volunteer pet therapy dog would be unavailable.  Blending clinical care goals with the loving comfort of a dog has been a huge success.

What’s next for Paws for Purpose?  We will roll out trading cards for all of our dogs, begin a series of special events (Reading to Dogs, Dog Safety and more) and work to grow by an additional four-paws.  Our goal is to recruit a few new volunteer pet therapy dogs and add a facility dog for our oncology and hematology patients by the end of 2018—and up to three more facility dogs, after that!

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I see them as friends. I go to hang out with them, just like I would hang out with my friends. It lets them feel like a kid… not like they’re in the hospital.
— Meghan, Patient Pal Volunteer
 
 

Wiggle Out Loud

Wiggle Out Loud is Oklahoma City's free, active-family music festival benefiting The Children's Hospital Volunteers. Wiggle Out Loud aims to get kids of all ages movin’ and groovin’ their way to healthier lives. Come celebrate healthy lifestyles through movement and fun! This is an event for all ages featuring music, activities, artwork and more.

Donations to Wiggle Out Loud also benefit the Children's Hospital Volunteers creative arts program. The Children's Hospital Volunteers is a registered 501(c)3 charity. All donations are tax deductible. Donors will receive acknowledgement letters that can be used as tax receipts.  Thank you for your support of Wiggle Out Loud!

Our 2018 date will be released at the beginning of the year—along with sponsorship information.  For now, contact us at info@wiggleoutloud.com.

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