Here in WNC and the Upstate, we see countless ways dogs are doing good. One example is Paws with a Purpose (www.pawswithapurpose.org), an Asheville-based organization that uses volunteers and their dogs to bring happiness and comfort to patients in hospitals, residents in nursing homes, special needs children in schools, and others. Paws with a Purpose began its work at Mission Hospital ten years ago with three volunteers and two dogs and today has over 100 volunteers.
Mission Hospital's Pet Therapy Program is living proof of how dogs help make our lives better. Dogs and even a few cats make the rounds and brighten up the day for patients who look forward to their visits. Mission is currently raising money for the program through its "Paws on a Mission" program (www.pawsonamission.com). An anonymous donor is matching every dollar of $30,000 raised. Visit the website to read some heartwarming pet therapy stories or to make a donation.
Shown above is Bubba, the very first therapy dog at Mission Hospital, who brought joy into children's lives from 1999 until he passed away in 2005.