Frequently Asked Questions

How do patients/families get a rescued pet through Pets for Patients?

Pets for Patients has a collaborative relationship with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Our organization first receives a referral from medical staff at CCHMC who have determined that a patient would benefit from having a pet. After the referral is received, Pets for Patients meets with the patient/family, determines their needs, and works to place a rescue pet with them.

What does Pets for Patients provide to the patient/family when they receive a pet?

Pets for Patients provides: adoption fee, spay/neuter, vaccinations, heart-worm/flea/tick prevention for 6 months, crate, bed, safe collar and leash, food/water bowls, safe toys and chews, vet recommended food, basic obedience training for both dog and family, veterinarian in their neighborhood, and ongoing support after the pet has been placed in their home.

Do you provide any therapy or service pets?

No. We only provide pets and family dogs/cats only. We do not offer therapy or service animals.

Do you provide any pet certifications?

No. We only provide pets and family dogs/cats only. We do not provide certifications such ESA, obedience or comfort certifications.

What type of rescue pets do you provide?

We only work with rescued dogs and cats. We do not offer exotic or farm animals.

Are the pets placed with patients/families going to their forever home?

Yes, this is a forever placement. We make sure that patients/families understand the long term commitment that comes with having a pet. This is covered with families in the intake process.

What happens if the patient/family is not ready for a rescued pet?

Pets for Patients values placing rescued pets in homes that will be mutually beneficial - good for the patient/family and good for the pet. A family may not be ready or their circumstances may change. We reserve the right to do what we feel is in the best interest of the pet and/or patient/family.

*Pets for Patients also follows any standards set by the rescue and shelter we rescue from.