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Tender Paws

Tender PawsTender Paws is Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital therapy dog visitation program. Twice weekly patients and families are visited by these special friends. Each dog is specially trained to provide safe and therapeutic visits with our patients and families.

Research has shown that visits from pets help reduce stress and anxiety that comes from being ill or injured. Visits from these dogs help provide a therapeutic environment and diversion from the usual hospital routine. Patients must have approval from a parent and physician to receive a visit. See your Child Life Services specialist for more information.

Interested in joining the Tender Paws pet therapy program?
All of our dogs must be certified through Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Visit to learn more. Once your dog is certified through TDI you can begin the process of joining our program. For more information, contact Ashley Broschart, Tender Paws coordinator, at 570.271.7449 or email