Pet Therapy

Southampton Hospital is proud to offer a pet therapy program to bring comfort and joy to patients. The program is run in partnership with Angel on a Leash, an organization that promotes the role of the human-animal bond in enhancing human health and quality of life. Dogs and their handlers are certified through Pet Partners, a nonprofit organization that trains animals and handlers for assisted therapy programs nationwide.  

Program Coordinator

Susan Appell
(631) 377-9646


What is the process for becoming a certified dog-handler therapy team? Click here for the answer.

After my dog and I become a certified dog-handler therapy team, how do we start volunteering at Southampton Hospital? When you have received your certification from Pet Partners, please call Southampton Hospital’s Pet Therapy Coordinator to learn more about volunteering and to set up an interview. 

What is the time commitment for a pet therapy volunteer at Southampton Hospital? We ask that all dog-handler therapy teams be able to commit to a four-hour shift each week.


Turning Your Pet Into a Therapy Dog
The New York Times
- February 29, 2016