Pets bring ‘life and enjoyment’ to nursing homes
DeKALB – Carol Smith insists her golden retriever, Buddy, rarely barks when he’s at home. But when he enters the DeKalb County Nursing & Rehab Center, his voice echoes down the long halls.
“It’s like he announces he’s here, and people come to their doors and wait for him,” said Kathy Vickers, the nursing home’s community life director. “People who don’t come out of their rooms much will hear him and come out into the hall.”
Buddy is one of 10 animals that visits the home through the Pawsitive TAILS program. There are seven other dogs, one cat and a duck who also visit the county home, as well as the Oak Crest and Grand Victorian retirement centers, program coordinator Lisa Smith said.
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