Volunteers Are Service Stars: John & Stella Zabel

March 25th, 2011

John and Stella Zabel have been volunteering at Children’s for almost 2 years.  This PAWH team has made a difference in the hospital stays of many children.  Stella is a 7-year-old Labrador Retriever who is a Delta Society Registered Pet Partner;  she and her handler, John, visit Children’s Hospital once a week.  Recently, John and Stella came in for a special request, and it didn’t go unnoticed!

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Nicole Iammatteo, Occupational Therapist, writes:

“John and Stella – I wanted to say ‘thank you’ for your work with myself and my patient today.  You are so incredibly gifted and can work well with these kiddos.  Your calm demeanor is wonderful and what you and your dog bring is a gift that I’m honored to have with me during therapy.  I would never make the gains that I do without you and Stella.  You’re incredible.”

Thank you so much, John & Stella, for lending a hand (and paw) to our pet therapy program!

One Response to “Volunteers Are Service Stars: John & Stella Zabel”

  1. Heidi Vedders, RN says:

    We’re so grateful for the PAWH program and for your willingness to share your special dogs with us. John & Stella and to all other therapy dogs, thank you for volunteering your own time to make such a great difference in our kids lives, and nurses too….we LOVE visits from you too. :)

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