child hugging dog
Purina logo

Harnessing the Healing Power of Pets for Youth Mental Health

Purina believes pets and people are better together, especially during difficult times. That’s why we’re helping lead the charge to address the youth mental health crisis by harnessing the power of pets—including our own.

Girl and Golden Retriever

7 Out of 10 Teens Say They Struggle with Mental Health

Now more than ever, kids are dealing with persistent feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Research shows animal-assisted therapy can make a real difference.

Touch Therapy Dog and kid

The Purina Pet Therapy Program

As more people embrace the healing power of pets, the demand for therapy dogs has skyrocketed. Purina is helping make pet therapy accessible to more kids by helping employees get their pets certified.

Additional Ways Purina is Supporting Youth Mental Health

Duo Dogs Banner

Duo Dogs Litter Sponsorship

Purina is sponsoring a litter of Duo Dog puppies, who will go on to become certified facility or service dogs. Our employees are raising these Labrador Retrievers in their own homes until they move on to advanced training after 16 months.

Purina Paws For Hope Banner

Purina Paws for Hope

Purina is helping bring the healing power of pets to St. Louis Children's Hospital. We started by opening the Purina Family Pet Center in 2016. Since then, we've not only helped connect the hospital with more pet therapy teams, but also added full-time facility dogs to their roster.

mental health ecrm module 5

Purina + Paws For Hope

The Purina Paws for Hope program brings therapy dogs to the patients, families and staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital – a top 10 pediatric hospital. Our work began in 2016 when we helped young patients stay connected with their family pets by establishing the Purina Family Pet Center – a one of- a kind center that combines family centered care with the healing power of pets. Through our expanded partnership, we’re enabling the hospital to add full time facility dogs to their staff, grow its network of volunteer touch therapy dog teams and expand the use and capacity of the Purina Family Center. 

mental health image module 6

Purina + American Veterinary Medical Foundation

Clients who love their pets but can t afford to pay for vital veterinary care represent a significant source of burnout and stress for compassionate veterinary practitioners. To help ease this burden, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets is partnering with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to help expand the AVMF Reaching Every Animal with Charitable Care (REACH) program, which offers grants to veterinarians who provide immediate care for owners experiencing financial hardship. For each purchase made on Purina Pro Plan’s VetDirect website from January 15, 2023 through June 30, 2023, Purina will donate $1 to the AVMF to support the REACH program, up to $200,000, so veterinarians don t have to choose between their patients and their practice.