People-Animal Connection

Therapy dogs – and a mini-horse! – from UCLA Health’s People-Animal-Connection (PAC) program brought holiday cheer to patients and staff at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center.

By Simi Singer • December 21, 2021

“Petting the dogs is very, very therapeutic,” explains Lindsay Kim, a registered nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We’re not curing cancer, but I know we’ve made a difference,” believes Anna Liau, a People-Animal Connection (PAC) volunteer.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“The dogs always make her smile,” reveals Lisa Salgado, mother of 26-year-old Maria Salgado. Christmas carol singing People-Animal Connection volunteers visited the Salgado family at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“People singing and bringing the dogs makes me so happy,” confesses Yacoob Madha, a patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We sang Christmas carols with dogs, and it was really transformative,” reflects Luke Apodaca, a UCLA College of Letters and Sciences student who volunteered to help the People-Animal Connection (PAC) dog teams at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “We are a community service-based a cappella group, so we don’t [...]

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“This program is invaluable and has literally changed my life,” expresses Ellen Morrow, a People-Animal Connection Volunteer. “I know that sounds corny, but I’ve seen miracles. I started volunteering in 2006 and it’s such a gift and a privilege to bring my dogs in. Once per month we even have [...]

By uclahealth • September 19, 2019

UCLA Health Volunteer Services has launched a new birthday program to help brighten the day for patients who would probably prefer to be spending their birthdays somewhere else. For adult patients who consent to be recognized on their birthdays, Volunteer Services arranges for a musician or student singers to perform the Happy Birthday [...]

By uclahealth • April 15, 2019

In 2014, UCLA’s departments of palliative care, spiritual care, social work and volunteer services worked together to create the No One Dies Alone (NODA) program. [...]

By uclahealth • June 7, 2016