Facility dogs are expertly trained dogs that partner with a facilitator working in health care. The dogs are trustworthy in professional environments and can perform over 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire patients. Facility dogs work to help patients during certain types of therapy and rehabilitation, provide support during a difficult procedure, and visit with patient’s to help them cope with hospitalization.
Our facility dog was graciously donated by Canine Companions. They are a non-profit that provides service dogs and on-going support, free of charge.
Micky the facility dog joined Beacon in March of 2022.
He is the very first Facility Dog and works primarily in our ICU unit, but you may see him all over the hospital visiting his friends. He loves coming to work every day to help care for patients with serious illness and their families.
When Micky isn’t at work, he is always getting into mischief with his two other doggie brothers or playing with his favorite toys. He is handled by Jordan, a Certified Child Life Specialist. Micky is 2 years old, his birthday is March 20th.