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Inflowment -Little Dogs with Big Hearts: Healing through animal assisted therapy

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Gizmo is a little dog with a very big heart! In addition to his work supporting pet rescues and many different community organizations, he is also a dedicated therapy dog with Paws for Friendship, Inc. He visits Eastern CT Health Network Hospitals, a large Hartford, CT area high school, Manchester Dialysis Clinic, Spectrum Care rehab centers, and several nursing homes. As a certified Paws to Read reading assistance dog, he also visits Hartford Public Library, where he was recently named the official K-9 Unit of the Hartford Public Library Security Team.. Gizmo's motto is "Cuz we're frens!" and that is precisely why he does what he does.

Burt's Brigade promotes fundraising for shelters and rescues and recently won a Petco foundation grant to begin renovations of SweetPea Shelter in Paxton Mass. They are involved with several local shelters campaigning long term shelter dogs awaiting forever homes. Burt's Brigade advocates to stop and prosecute animal abusers and end BSL. Their roots initially began in animal therapy work for the Dept. mental health specializing in mentally disabled young adults.

Zoe is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs, Inc., and now is a 3 year volunteer with Pets on Wheels of Scottsdale, Inc. (POW) and a two year volunteer for Hospice of the Valley. Her assigned visits through (POW) are Sante Rehab Center and weekly visits to the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale; through Hospice of the Valley, she rotates weekly visitation between two memory facilities, and does weekly visits to a group home.  Most recently she was asked to do bi-weekly visits to a 6th grade life skills class at a local middle school and Tail Wagging Tutors at one of the Scottsdale public libraries. Through her Facebook page and followers, she has made guest visits to local hospitals, patients’ homes, and school events.

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