Meet Our Therapy Pets

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center's therapy pets deliver a special type of medicine to patients, visitors and staff at the hospital: love and affection. Beginning with one dog, Dakota, in 2007, the hospital's pet therapy program now includes two animals, including a rabbit. Below, get to know the friendly, furry faces you may see around the hospital.

China China is a 6-year-old California Mix rabbit who joined Sharp Chula Vista's pet therapy family in November 2010. China, the South Bay's first therapy rabbit, was adopted from the San Diego House Rabbit Society by Blanca Unguez. According to Blanca, China's favorite activities are being pushed around in her pink stroller, sitting on the laps of residents of the hospital's Birch Patrick Convalescent Center and playing with her blue ball.
Copper Copper is a 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog who began visiting Sharp Chula Vista with his owner, Sharon Ussery, in March 2013. Copper is known for his sweet nature and goofball tendencies. He and Sharon currently visit Sharp Chula Vista and the Barnhart Cancer Center twice a week.
PJ PJ is a 4-year-old Labrador who began making rounds at Sharp Chula Vista with his owner, Tish Disston, in April 2011. Tish adopted PJ when he was 14 months old and says that upon meeting him, she was instantly drawn to his gentle demeanor and goofball nature. PJ enjoys going on morning walks, retrieving balls and making new friends (especially those who will scratch, pet or hug him).