CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio hospital soon will be welcoming furry, four-legged friends for children who face long hospital stays.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center broke ground Thursday on a Family Pet Center.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the center will be open to children battling cancer and others with other serious medical conditions.
John Perentesis, executive co-director of the hospital's Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, says pets can be "very therapeutic" to patients.
He says the pets will bring joy, comfort and a positive mindset to ailing children.
The pet center will include visitation areas accessible by wheelchairs and stretchers.
The $107,000 center is being paid for by a grand and is expected to open in August.