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PALS Programs & Facilities

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PALS has a number of programs from Senior home to hospital visits, to assisting children to read. Find out more about who and where PALS has been.

All PALS programs are provided free to the clients and facilities we serve. Currently we have three main programs: Pet Visitation Therapy Program, Story PALS and our newest program, Puppy Rooms. The Pet Visitation Therapy Program provides visits to most of the facilities mentioned above. The recipients of this program are primarily persons whose response to other forms of therapy is non-existent, or to whom pet therapy would provide an alternative to other more common forms of therapy.

Story PALS is collaboration with the Calgary Public Libraries where we bring dogs into select libraries for children who are having issues with reading and these children spend some one on one time with the dogs reading to them. It has proven to strengthen the childrens reading ability and increase their confidence levels significantly.

Our newest program is working with the Calgarys universities and other post-secondary institutes and providing some stress release activities during exam times. This program is extremely popular with the students at the University of Calgary, St Marys University College and SAIT.

Below is a list of the facilities that PALS visits at regularly:

Carewest Facilities: Colonel Belcher Veterans Care Centre, Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, Garrison Green, Boyack Carewest, Glemore Park Carewest, Royal Park Carewest, Sarcee Carewest, Signal Pointe Carewest.

Hospitals: Alberta Childrens Hospital, ACH Urgent Care, Foothills Hospital, Peter Lougheed Hospital, Rocky View General Hospital, South Health Campus

Extendicare Facilities: Cedar Villa Extendicare, Hillcrest Extendicare

Intercare Facilities: Brentwood Care Centre, Chinook Care Centre, Millrise Care Centre, Southwood Care Centre.

Other longterm care facilities: Bethany Care Centre, Bethany Harvest Hills, Beverly Centre, Beverly Centre Midnapore, Bow Crest Care Centre, Bow View Manor, Central Park/Mt Royal Care Centre, ScenicAcres Retirement Care Centre, Wentworth Court, Wentworth Residence, Whitehorn Village, Mayfair Care Centre, McKenzie Towne Care Centre, Father Lacombe Nursing Home, Glamorgan Care Centre, EdgemontRetirement Residence

Other: Emily Follensbee School, Ronald McDonald House, Dr. Gordon Townsend School, CYOC Calgary Young Offenders Centre, Story PALS, Rotary Flames House