Program story

Children’s Hospital LA Therapy Dog Program


Amerman Family Foundation

Dog Therapy Program


The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills is excited and proud to announce its new charity partnership to benefit the respected Amerman Family Dog Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


One dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the program, and some of the 100 therapy dog teams will be featured in show publicity and at the show to promote the popular program.


It’s hard to overstate the impact of the therapy dog program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


One of the most inclusive and innovative programs of its kind anywhere, the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program recruits, trains and supports a roster of roughly 100 therapy dog teams visiting a wide variety of clinical settings. All of the dogs and their human handlers are volunteers who have completed a comprehensive evaluation process.


The arrival of a dog at a patient’s room is often one of the most anticipated parts of the child’s hospital stay, providing an opportunity for a happy, memorable moment during what can be a challenging time.


As respect for the program’s impact has grown since its beginnings in 2001, so has demand for therapy dog involvement. This program now visits every inpatient unit at CHLA except for surgery, including all three intensive care units, as well as several outpatient clinics. Dogs are also available to help motivate kids during physical therapy, distract them during long or uncomfortable procedures, and provide relief for those in pain.