Because your child needs more than medicine to heal, the T.A.I.L.S (Therapeutic Animal Intervention Lifts Spirits) program provides the patient therapeutic opportunities to interact with trained therapy dogs. Local volunteers and their certified dogs allow the patient to interact with and play with their four-legged friends. These interactions often result in reduced anxiety, reduced pain, and a more positive outlook on the hospital experience. With doctor's orders and parent approval, Child Life Specialists arrange for these special visitors at the patient's bedside.