Therapy dogs lift spirits at Greenville shelters

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Registered therapy dogs were cleared to visit Pitt County Shelters and made an instant impact while at E.B. Aycock Middle School Friday.

The Red Cross allowed the dogs to visit the shelter to help residents find relief from all the stress caused from having to leave everything behind.

The residents at the shelter said the visit from the two therapy dogs, Jitters and Grimace, lifted their spirits.

“It’s incredible the joy they can bring,” said Mary Sours, who brought the therapy dogs to the shelter. “Just simply being dogs and these guys have a sixth sense that you can’t really train to be a therapy dog that they can just walk into a room and know who needs them and that’s who they go to.”

Some of the shelter residents had to board their own pets during the flood, so the visit from these therapy dogs was welcomed.

Other service dogs were on hand at E.B. Aycock. Debbie White was on hand with Breeze. Tracy Etherton and Dell Enecks were on hand with Bug and Sofi at Hope Middle School as well. The dogs are a part of Pet Partner teams and were cleared to visit the shelters by the Red Cross in Washington, D.C.

The therapy dogs will be at the shelter at E.B. Aycock every day at 10:30 a.m. until the shelter closes. Bug and Sofi are planning to visit Hope Middle again on Saturday.

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