Senior Shelter Dog Lands Full Time Job at Veteran’s Hospital

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A veterans home in Cameron, Mo. has a new employee with an unusual resume.

A graduate of the Puppies for Parole Program, former shelter dog Alex is bonding with vets and brightening their days with daily visits. After two short months on the job his services are highly valued. In fact, when he runs late for his morning visits everyone asks for him.

The benefits of canine therapy are well known, but hospital employees have been surprised at the early progress they have seen. Alex is not only spreading joy, he’s making healing connections.

“We had a veteran who only had very limited vocals and when Alex the dog started going down to visit with him he started speaking in full sentences,” hospital therapist Darci Henry said. “That never happened. We didn’t know he was capable of that.”

3 thoughts on “Senior Shelter Dog Lands Full Time Job at Veteran’s Hospital”

  1. Great program. It saves both humans and animals. Sometimes love really is the answer. Keep up the good work.

  2. Kudos to the veterans hospital and the inmates who trained these dogs and really big hugs and kudos to Alex and every dog doing this.

    I belong to a network of people who happen to foster old dogs. The dogs come from shelters (where, it’s true, they are NOT going to be adopted because of their age How silly!) They also come from puppy mills where they have suffered their entire lives producing constant litters, they come from situations where people have died or gone into assisted living where they are not allowed to keep their pets (really disgusting), They come from the many situations where people have lost their homes.

    I can state unequivocally that the old dogs I have fostered have brought me the greatest joys of my life. They have a safe, loving place to live and I get more love, loyalty, and laughs than anyone could imagine.

    Never turn down the chance to save an old dog’s life. You may find the best friend you have ever had.

    • I totally agree. I have rescued and adopted older Yorkshire Terriers and they have brought me the greatest joy!


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