Santa Paws comes to town
Dec 12, 2017
He might not have cheeks like roses and a nose like a cherry, but Santa Paws brought Christmas cheer in his own special way to Palomar Medical Center Escondido. Santa Paws was played by German Shepherds King and Zeus, who took turns donning an elf costume and posing for photos with patients, visitors and staff. King and Zeus are both hospital volunteers, along with their owner Stephen Kahn, in the Palomar Paws Program, a therapy program that brings in specially trained dogs to make regular patient visits. Research shows animal visits can reduce stress leading to an improved patient experience. King and Zeus spread their holiday cheer for three days beginning on Monday, December 12. The annual event is sponsored by the Palomar Health Foundation. All donations support the Palomar Paws program. Visit the Foundation, if you’d like to make a donation of any amount. Photo Caption: King (aka Santa Paws) poses with Nurse Resident ...

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