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Scripps restarts its “pawpular” canine therapy program
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On a not-so-average morning at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, six well-mannered dogs and their owners could be seen parading through the corridors. The pack walked calmly from the entryway fountain to an elevator and into a narrow hallway, passing crutches, walkers, IV stands and strangers with outstretched hands hoping for a dose of puppy love. While charming to behold, this was no walk in the park. These dogs were auditioning for a volunteer spot in Scripps’ Canine Therapy Program, relaunched after a pandemic-era hiatus. Read more about the program and what it takes for a pup to make the cut here.

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