On Monday, April 11, 2016 "Chewy" accompanied by two staff members, Sara and Allison, they visited Heritage Healthcare Center in Utica. "Chewy" was on his best behavior while visiting with residents at the center. He sat patiently for many head pats and wagged his tail with excitement for the love that he was given. He gave licks and kisses to the residents while Sara and Allison answered questions regarding his age, breed and name. Many of the residents were so happy to see a furry friend and even shared stories of the dogs they had at home. As we left you could see the happy smiles on their faces and know that we touched a special place in the hearts of all.
What is Pet Therapy? A HSR representative travel to local nursing home facilities and bring shelter pets for visitation to help improve a resident's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. For more information call the Shelter Manager at 315-337-1434.