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Pet Therapy

Wellstone Regional Hospital utilizes pet therapy to explore patient's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. On Friday, Thuptin (which means keeper of the heart), a Tibetan Spaniel, spends the afternoon traveling through the hospital participating in group therapy sessions for all ages.

For Children

Thuptin and his handler, Michael Anne, who is certified through the Greater Clark County Red Cross, promote discussions about:

  • Being kind to animals
  • Seeing animals as possessing emotions
  • Learning to confide in pets
  • Seek comfort from pets

For Adolescents

Thuptin and Michael Anne promote discussions about:

  • The responsibility of taking care of pets
  • Companionship and the opportunity for channeling energies into a pet instead of acting out in negative behaviors
  • How taking care of a pet relates to being taken care of by others, which can be a tool for sharing in family therapy sessions

For Adults

Together, Thuptin and Michael Anne encourage discussions about:

  • How a pet can offer distraction from difficult moments through companionship and unconditional love
  • Stress their pets may cause especially in an already overwhelming situation


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We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but an Assessment and Referral specialist is available 24 hours/7 days a week. Please call for a free assessment at 812.284.8000. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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Wellstone Regional Hospital

2700 Vissing Park Rd | Jeffersonville, IN 47130
812.284.8000 | 877.999.WELL

"Quality Care and Peace of Mind"

Physicians are on the medical staff of Wellstone Hospital, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Wellstone Hospital. The facility shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.

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