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Death Row Dog Adopted by Nursing Home


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An Ohio dog has received the gift of a new home for the holidays – and not a day too soon.

alfieAlfie 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.