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Pet Visits Bring Joy to Seniors

therapy dog with man in a wheelchair

Marlina Velasco-Barker joins Suzanne to talk about animal assisted intervention – who the dogs visit, and what happens during a visit. Starting with visiting senior living communities, they’re expanding to visit community colleges, military bases, and other sites. “The moment a senior spots a dog, many go from being nonverbal to verbal.”


Visit Washington Therapy Dogs to learn about the state organization, or Pet Partners for national therapy dog information. You can also contact Suzanne or visit their Facebook group.

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Originally published May 25, 2023

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