Therapy Dog Team

therapy dog with small boy

When therapy dogs visit Ronald McDonald House New York, kids who are sore or tired from treatment light right up!

Independent studies show that animals, like the certified therapy dogs who visit Ronald McDonald House New York, can improve outcomes for people with a serious illness. We know that therapy dogs help boost our young residents’ morale, self-esteem, and overall feelings of well-being, and encourage communication between kids and adults.

Pet therapy gives our children a wonderful escape from their illness. That’s because the dogs don’t see them as kids with cancer. They just see them as kids, and they always shower them with love and affection.

The Ronald McDonald House New York Therapy Dog Program provides visits from well-trained and experienced volunteer teams on a nightly basis. They also greet children and families at our annual Therapy Dog Halloween Costume Trick-or-Treat Parade and Party, and participate in monthly Wellness Nights for caregivers.

Our therapy dogs are offered free veterinary care, scholarships for therapy dog training, and seminars to enhance their overall well-being.

In order for a dog to become certified, they must go through extensive training. Please contact Wini Cudjoe, Director of Operations, at for more information.