People-Animal Connection (PAC) Campaign
Meet the Dogs of PAC
For over 20 years, the UCLA People-Animal Connection (PAC) has been at the forefront of Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activity (AAT/A) programs in the United States.
PAC volunteer teams of a canine and his/her human partner visit over 1,000 patients every month at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
Our mission is to provide comfort and tangible health benefits to critically ill patients, including those who may not get visitors otherwise.
Here's a few of our PAC dogs!
We hope to raise $40,000 to help fund uniforms, supplies, training, continuing education, and evaluations as part of our continued growth.
Your support is critical to helping our devoted dogs continue their work.
Why We Need Your Help
We are an entirely donation-based volunteer group, meaning all materials and program expenses are funded by donations.
Our dogs and their humans count on you to help fund our endeavors and bring happiness and relief to countless patients.
What We Do
Our therapy dogs have been vital source of comfort for many in-hospital patients. But these hardworking animals don't stop there.
PAC has many dedicated programs. We are currently partnered with City National's Reading is the Way Up, a reading program for pediatric patients that helps children learn to read and allows them to gain motivational and social skills through interaction with playful pups.
Our PetPal Program also reunites hospitalized patients at the Ronald Reagan with their own pets in an outdoor setting just outside the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
We are proud to be a part of the Stressbusters Program at Powell Library, which strives to provide stress-relieving services for UCLA students during the crazy bustle of finals week.
Our PAC teams have additionally dedicated themselves to Operation Mend, which supports and restores the lives of soldiers who have fought for this country.
Everyone Needs a Best Friend
The American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2005 reported research showing that therapy dogs helped heart and lung function by lowering systolic pulmonary pressure, left and right artrial pressure, stress hormone levels, and heart rate.
Countless research efforts have studied the beneficial effects that therapy dogs can have on patients, including physiological.
We have also been honored to have the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations use PAC protocols to promote AAT/A, nationally and internationally. Our program continues assists other medical institutions -- both nationally and abroad -- by offering guidance in policy and procedures.
Dogs in the Headlines
The PAC dogs and their humans have been nationally recognized and published in countless newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. We have been featured on NBC's Today Show and on KNBC-Los Angeles, which was nominated for a News Emmy.
We have also been featured on Dr. Oz in a segment on therapy animals, and in a PBS documentary series called Shelter Me: Let's Go Home.
Please Give and Support Our Pups!
The PAC teams volunteer diligently to make a positive impact on this world. We couldn't do it without the donations or support and encouragement from you all.
For gifts $250 and over, we'll send you our UCLA People-Animal Connection t-shirt below!
We know sometimes making a gift online can be tedious.
A Special Thank You to our PAC Partners: