Therapy dogs visit North Central Health Care in Wausau

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 6:04 PM CDT
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Wausau Police are spreading positivity through the use of their therapy dogs. The canines make frequent visits to schools, but Thursday they visited with a different generation.

Patient, clients and nursing home residents at North Central Health Care got to experience the big hearts and wagging tails of the pets as part of a special visit from members of the Wausau Police Department.

"The use of therapy dogs can really be a fun and exciting way for clients to start to work on some of the issues that may not always be fun and exciting to work on. So, while learning some of these methods and being able to use them in our community, I think will have a really big impact on, you know, making clients comfortable when they're in uncomfortable situations," said Daniel Shine, behavioral health manager.

Staff says compassion fatigue in health care can be a concern and visits like this help put a smile on just about anyone's face in the building.