Facility Dog Program

The Queen’s Medical Center - West Oahu is home to two furry friends, Nani and Ruby, who are the stars of the Facility Dog Program.  

Scientific research has shown that a patient's interaction with an animal can provide positive physical and emotional benefits. It can reduce stress levels and invoke a sense of well-being.

The Facility Dog Program acts as a catalyst to motivate patients to help themselves. A patient will happily take a dog for a walk or throw a ball to play fetch, forgetting the pain for a little while and incrementally improve their health so they may return home.

Benefits of this type of animal-assisted therapy include motivating patients to:

  • Forget their discomfort or pain
  • Interact more with others
  • Improve their mood
  • Improve their interactions with family and staff
  • Do things that may be a struggle, such as eating, taking medication or waiting
  • Get up, move, and walk
  • Participate in therapy (physical, occupational and speech)

Our Facility Dogs and owners are trained and certified. The dogs brighten the day for just about everyone including patients, visitors and staff alike. Queen’s - West Oahu works with the Hawaiian Humane Society to ensure that the animal (and handler) has successfully completed training. Queen's - West Oahu's Security Department also utilizes a K-9 security dog unit that works to keep the campus safe for patients and visitors.