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Cincinnati Children's breaks ground on Family Pet Center

For young children fighting serious illnesses and practically living in a hospital, life can be very ruff, er, rough. Studies show interacting with animals boosts spirits and helps patients heal. Now Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is building a Family Pet Center to reunite long-term patients with the own pets.

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Artist rendering of the Family Pet Center.

The hospital says it is the first pediatric hospital in the country to build such a facility.

It will feature wheelchair and stretcher accessible visitation bays along with a small yard for walking or play.

Children's says:

The Family Pet Center is made possible thanks to a $107,500 grant awarded to CancerFreeKIDS from Impact 100. The facility will focus on cancer patient recovery, but other patients on extended stays at the medical center will also have access to the new center.

Construction will begin soon and the center could be open by August.

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