Adopted dogs get new job, new life
Sep 14, 2011
More than 40 dogs and 37 handlers are working in the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a tertiary care center in Rockford, Illinois, the Rockford Register Star reports.
Peaches, a 6-year-old Sheltie, was kept outside with the goats in Texas because her owners deemed her not show dog material. Mr. Ed, a 4-year-old Labrador retriever, was found wandering in Iowa with another lost dog, and Bella and Abbey, two 5-year-old Newfoundlands, were crated for most of their young lives. Zeke, a 4-year-old greyhound racing rescue dog had his leg amputated as a puppy.
Despite the dogs varied and upsetting backgrounds, they have been adopted and now work successfully as therapy dogs. They visit many different patients who request their company - from pediatrics to oncology and post-cardiac surgery to orthopedic.
Zeke the greyhound is particularly inspirational to patients because he has overcome the adversity of losing a leg, the news source reports. Greyhounds, though thought to be high-energy, actually make great pets and are calm and social, according to Your News Now in Austin, Texas.