An Ohio dog has received the gift of a new home for the holidays – and not a day too soon.
Alfie is the newest resident at Victoria House Assisted Living in Austintown. She’s learning the ropes in her new role as a four-legged therapist, spending her days walking the halls and visiting with residents.
“We’re so excited,” said Victoria House resident Mary Bagin. “She’s getting more attention than I think she’s had her whole life. Everybody just loves her.”
Alfie is the first dog in a pilot program with Close to Home Animal Rescue, bringing dogs to live in nursing homes.
“There are a lot of facilities that do pet therapy where they come in for visits and we thought it would be just a little bit more special to have a live in, four-legged resident,” said Susan Greco, Activities Director at Victoria House.
Six weeks ago Alfie was rescued from a pound where officials say she likely would’ve been put down. Close To Home fostered Alfie, vetted her, and found her a forever home at Victoria House.
“Just in time for Christmas. She’s home for the holidays!” Greco said.