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Welcome to Charlotte, our new Hospice Therapy Dog!

Charlotte Welcome - Welcome to Charlotte, our new Hospice Therapy Dog!

Welcome to Charlotte, the newest member of our Volunteer Team here at Harbor Hospice.

Charlotte is a year and a half old Shih Tzu. She loves people and is very happy to see new faces. Charlotte’s person, Judy Kidd began volunteering with Harbor Hospice and Harbor Palliative Care in 2008. The reason Judy wanted her to become a therapy dog is that she had a therapy dog for 10 years with Harbor Hospice. During that time she saw how rewarding it was to have a therapy dog put a smile on young and old alike when going to nursing homes, schools, the Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence, hospitals, and cancer centers. We hope once COVID restrictions settle down we can safely begin our therapy dog adventures.

In Judy’s 13+ years volunteering, she has given her time providing a warm and welcoming presence at the reception desk at the Poppen Hospice Residence as well as Hospice Therapy Dog visits when requested. Judy’s love of interacting with people and sharing her certified therapy dogs with our patients continues to bring comfort to many of our patients and their families.

Harbor Hospice therapy dog services is a wonderful way to volunteer and bring smiles to those that need it the most.

Judy chose Alliance of Therapy Dogs for Charlotte’s training and certification.

According to Alliance of Therapy Dogs, having a visit from a Therapy Dog can:

  • Help through mental disorders
  • Elevate mood
  • Fight off anxiety
  • Regulate emotions
  • Offer social support

About Charlotte’s owner

Judy K - Welcome to Charlotte, our new Hospice Therapy Dog!

Judy Kidd, a local Harbor Hospice Volunteer since 2008.

Harbor Hospice and Harbor Palliative Care serving the West Michigan lakeshore.  The agency has provided hospice care and support programs to residents in a five-county area for nearly 40 years.


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