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Paws Patrol lifts up spirits in the community

Paws Patrol has been making its rounds Paws Patrol has been making its rounds
Linda Prisant Linda Prisant
Bee McCormack Bee McCormack
Jim McCleary Jim McCleary
The team of therapy dogs helps in all sorts of ways. The team of therapy dogs helps in all sorts of ways.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A group called Paws Patrol has been making its rounds to nursing homes, hospice care facilities, and hospitals in the community.

Since the mid-twenties, their goal has been to bring joy to people who love pets but can't own them. 

A dog, now named Buddy, just showed up one day on one woman's front porch.

"My son who was a vet tech at the time said stop looking the dog will find you," said Linda Prisant. "He was really sick and the vet said we can treat him and he's the perfect pet therapy dog. We took him to obedience training and its the best thing we have ever done."

As the army of cuteness visited Morningside of Albany and Evergreen Assisted Living, it was unmistakable that they were kind of famous.

Jim McCleary has a long history with dogs, working with them in Vietnam, and now helps in training therapy dogs. He said there are many people who can't own dogs, but love that they look forward to the visits.

The team of therapy dogs helps in all sorts of ways.

"It's been proven that just petting a dog will bring your blood pressure down. And its kind of seems to calm some of the patients," said McCleary.

This month, Paws Patrol will make visits to 17 places around South Georgia. 

Please click here if interested in volunteering with Paws Patrol. If you have a dog that you think would make a good therapy dog, they also offer obedience training.

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