Hospitals have been known to bring in animals for pet therapy and to raise morale among patients. But what about for staff?

Well, one Pennsylvania hospital is betting that a little love from some four-legged friends can bring some much-needed relief to doctors, nurses and other hospital employees, as well.

Bryan Llenas reported on "America's News Headquarters" that the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has the only program in the world that brings in adoptable animals to relieve the stress of hospital staff - and find forever homes for animals in need.

Llenas revealed that "Pet the Pooch" was started two years ago by an emergency room nurse who began bringing in pets from a shelter, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to visit the hospital for a couple hours every month.

"According to a survey, 88 percent of the staff say animals boost work morale and decrease daily stress," Llenas reported. "So far, about two dozen dogs and cats have been adopted by the staff."

He added that "Pet the Pooch" has also raised more than $10,000 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Watch the "America's News Headquarters" clip above.


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