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Pawsitive presence in pediatric palliative care: A first in Quebec

This fall, thanks to a generous financial contribution from pet retailer Mondou, the Mira Foundation provided a service dog to The Lighthouse, Children and Families.

This two-year-old Labernese named Benelux has become the very first dog to be assigned to a pediatric palliative care facility in Quebec. He was selected for his incredible adaptability and gentle temperament needed to interact daily with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and their families, as well as The Lighthouse staff and volunteers.

Before joining The Lighthouse, Benelux successfully underwent Mira Foundation’s service dog training program. He now brings children joy and comfort with his calm, attentive presence.

“This is an innovative initiative,” says The Lighthouse Executive Director Lyne St-Martin with pride. “It’s based on the Mira Foundation’s extensive experience and research confirming the therapeutic benefits of human-animal bond in a health care setting to help reduce stress, provide comfort and foster social interactions.”