Palomar Health - Rx Pets Program

In 1989, the Rx Pets Program was co-founded by Shannon Schaefer.  Rx Pets is a volunteer pet therapy program in the Palomar Pomerado Health System in San Diego County, California.  This program is one of the largest and most successful pet therapy programs in the nation. Dog visits are ordered by a physician when in the best interest of the patient. Since its inception, it has enlarged to include two acute-care hospitals and two extended-care facilities.


Although Shannon retired from the Rx Pets Program after 25 years of service, she still remains an advocate for dog assisted therapy in any situation.  This would include rest homes, wounded warriors, children with disabilities and crisis management.