New Volunteer Pet Therapy Program

October 2nd, 2012

Lauren Hutchinson, a local elementary school math teacher, and her two cockapoos Bailey and Bella have volunteered to bring the PAWS for Love Therapy Program to our inpatient programs. The program features an elite group of certified canine companions that are owner handled.

Hutchinson says that what motivates her to generously give back to the community is her son Mathew. Mathew suffered for years from depression, anxiety and drug and alcohol abuse before it ultimately ended his life at the young age of 24.

Hutchinson adds, “Mathew loved Bailey. She was always there for him and never judged. She was also instrumental in helping me through my grief when he passed.” She firmly believes that the unconditional love that dogs offer can be very therapeutic. She adds, “I hope that the clients at DLC will feel that same love from the dogs that he did.”

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