Fostering Hope

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The Healing Power of Pets

The human-animal bond enriches our lives in many ways, including physical and emotional benefits. Fostering Hope brings the healing effects of pet companionship to cancer survivors and their family members while providing a home--temporary or permanent--to an animal in need.

There is no initial cost to foster or adopt an animal. When fostering, all food, veterinary and miscellaneous expenses are covered by generous donors. Our survivorship team works with professional counselors to evaluate placement and resources to find the right pet for you.

Benefits include:

  • comfort and companionship
  • emotional and physical healing
  • lessened feelings of isolation
  • no long-term commitment
  • increased physical activity
  • improved mood
  • animal's life enriched

This is a program of the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in partnership with Friends of the Animals, Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Tiger HATS program.

For more information, call 225-215-0182 or email