"Bringing smiles to those who need it."
Laura Sokolovic, Director of Public Relations and Pet Therapy Program for Three Rivers Hospice
Anastasia was in New York for the 9/11 Ten Year Memorial Service honoring rescue dogs.
The City of Pittsburgh Declares
"Anastasia Therapy Dog Day"
On April 10, 2012 Anastasia and Laura were honored by Pittsburgh City Council President, Darlene Harris and the City of Pittsburgh with a Proclamation announcing April 10, 2012 "Anastasia Therapy Dog Day". Ms. Harris wanted to honor Anastasia, Laura, and Three Rivers Hospice for all the wonderful things they do for the community. There is never a fee for Anastasia's or Laura's visits. They love to bring smiles to those who need it.
Officer James Kuzak
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett
Our Pet Therapy Program Gets Around!!
2500 Mosside Blvd. Monroeville, PA 15146
Referrals: 1-800-282-0306 Fax: 412-349-0745
Three Rivers Hospice
and Palliative Care
Anastasia with Bob Pompeani KDKA channel 2 news sports caster who introduced Anastasia and Laura at the Allegheny Health System, The Healing Journey…Cancer Event held on Saturday November 8, 2014
Paynter Elementary School, Baldwin, PA
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris with Arianna
Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris
On March 17, 2015, after just 9 short years and the day after her birthday, our beloved Anastasia passed away. Our hearts are heavy with grief but we are filled with the joy in knowing how many lives Anastasia touched and the millions of smiles she brought to those who needed them.
Three Rivers Hospice and Laura Sokolovic, Director of Public Relations and Pet Therapy - as well as Anastasia’s Mom - have been moved deeply by the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. “As painful as the last few weeks have been,” says Laura, “my spirits have been lifted by the wonderful stories I’ve been hearing about how Anastasia touched hearts and made such a positive impact on so many.”
Anastasia set a high standard for therapy dogs and, although there will never be another Anastasia, her sister, Arianna has already been fast at work. She has been making visits, showing off her own fashion sense, but most importantly, bringing smiles to those who need them. We know Anastasia is proud.
March 16, 2006 - March 17, 2015
About Our Program:
Three Rivers Hospice's Pet Therapy Program is the first of its kind in the area. Created by Laura Sokolovic, Dir. of Public Relations and Pet Therapy for Three Rivers Hospice, and her dog, Anastasia, they were the first “pet therapy team” to work solely for a hospice agency. When asked about the growth of similar pet therapy programs throughout the area Laura replies, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I am very proud to have been on the ground floor of this exciting field and it compliments me to know that so many people have followed our program. It is truly a blessing."
If you would like a visit, you may call
What Are The Benefits to Pet Therapy?
- increasing socialization and exercise
- and providing a true friend
Arianna is the newest member of our Pet Therapy Program. She was born at Jemar Rottweilers in Omaha, Nebraska, just like Anastasia. In fact, Arianna is Anastasia's great niece!
Arianna flew home with me when she was eight weeks old on US Airways-as my carry-on Luggage! She is being trained for therapy dog work in our program. While Arianna already knows that she is our little princess, her great aunt, Anastasia, will always be the QUEEN!
To introduce Arianna to Western PA, Puppy Showers were held across the nine counties we service. All gifts and monetary donations were distributed to local animal shelters. Just one of the many ways we at Three Rivers Hospice and Family Home Health Services, Inc., give back to the communities we serve.
Anastasia drew people to her wherever she went - wearing a different outfit for every occasion from her vast wardrobe. She was dedicated to "bringing smiles to those who need it.”
When Anastasia visited, faces lit up and people began to interact with her by hugging, kissing or just petting her. She brought excitement to an otherwise mundane day.
Pets do not discriminate; they shower people with love and affection without asking for anything in return.
“Just think, how sad it would be if you never could touch a dog again.” Therapy Dogs International
If you would like a visit or more information, please contact Laura Sokolovic at 1-800-282-0306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is never a charge for our visit, thanks to Three Rivers Hospice.
Bringing smiles to those who need it.
Anastasia & Friends 2015 Available!
Enjoying her birthday cake on her 9th birthday.