North Central Health Care gets golden doodle therapy dog

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WAUSAU, Wis (WSAW) -- On Friday, North Central Health Care announced it’s getting their very first therapy dog. Staff located at the facility says the four-legged friend couldn't have come at a better time for both counselors and patients.

“There are a lot of benefits that therapy dogs can provide our clients,” stated Daniel Shine, Behavior Health Manager with North Central Health Care. “These dogs can reduce anxiety and also provide brief therapeutic interventions of individuals in crisis.”

Alvin, a 2-years-old Golden Doodle, comes from Anniston Alabama and he just completed his therapy training. Thanks to a grant from the North Central Foundation, he is completely paid for and would not be an added cost for current patients to see him.

“Everyone here has been very excited to have Alvin here in the building,” explained Dr. Jon Snider. “We have been looking forward to it for a couple of weeks now, and not it’s a reality.”

Alvin is still getting used to his new surroundings, but he is expected to start spending time with patients by next week.