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Working like a dog? Cuddle with one via therapy program for Tri-City businesses, organizations

St. John Ambulance is reinstating its in-person dog therapy program after COVID-19 pandemic put it on hold, including its Tri-Cities division.

Let's face it, at times it's been a rough 19 months (pun intended).

Fortunately, businesses, organizations, care homes and hospitals in the Tri-Cities will soon have a way to alleviate stress levels and relax in the workplace thanks to some local furry friends.

St. John Ambulance B.C. and Yukon (SJA) is set to welcome back its in-person dog therapy program after the COVID-19 pandemic put it on pause with more people working from home.

This includes the pooches in the Tri-Cities branch, located in Port Moody at 2338 Clarke St.

Work Like a Dog Day will see dozens of workplaces endure pets, pictures and cuddles with therapy dogs during a one-hour visit on Aug. 5, 2021.

"Work Like a Dog Day is all about celebrating those who put in that extra effort and care all year long to their work," said SJA spokesperson Anna Boekhoven in a news release today (July 27).

"Given that our therapy dog teams are the most caring workers we know, we thought this was the perfect day to reunite them with their communities.

Interested Tri-City workplaces are encouraged to book a therapy dog session before 5 p.m. on Friday (July 30).

The program is by donation. You can email for more information.


SJA is set to also offer virtual visits from therapy dogs for Work Like a Dog Day.

The 20-minute sessions will apply to those working individually or as a team from a remote location.

"Through virtual visits, participants can learn about the dog and the importance of their volunteer role, be able to ask questions, share their own stories, and maybe even watch the pup show off tricks," the organization explained.

SJA added that interactions with therapy dogs, regardless if it's in-person or through a virtual meeting, is a proven method to decrease anxiety and reduce stress levels.