Cancer is a horrible word that causes much grief and apprehension from anyone who hears it mentioned. It is a terrible disease that affects millions of people (and animals) every day. The effects are debilitating and eventually fatal to victims and their families.Therapy Dogs have a way of helping those who are suffering from cancer to forget the pain and discomfort, even if it's just for a short while.

Helping cancer patients through treatments and pain

Therapy dogs like Cooper the Goldendoodle have an air about them that lifts the spirits of cancer patients at the Norton Cancer Institute clinic In Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Animal lovers getting a visit from Cooper feel a warmth and sense of peace at a moment of extreme difficulty. Patients comment on how soft, cuddly and sweet he is.

Cooper has been visiting local hospitals including the cancer clinic for the past five years with his owner, Mr. Eib, bringing joy to the patients he meets. Mr. Eib adopted Cooper a couple of years after retiring, and his wife was suffering from a brain injury. It was then that he discovered how therapeutic therapy animals were at that time.

Mrs. Eib, while hospitalized, was visited by various therapy dogs and with each visit, she got a little bit better. After returning home, Mr. Eib knew this was what he wanted to do with his own dog, Cooper, working with an organization, W.A.G.S., that volunteers at hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and clinics.

W.A.G.S. brings joy to those in need

Wonderful Animals Giving Support or W.A.G.S. is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by Linda Laun.

Volunteers work through the amazing organization to take therapy dogs visiting with those in need at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and more. According to studies, a visit by one of these loving animals can help patients improve their moods, lower stress levels, decrease pain levels and provide lots of smiles. Patients are more relaxed during stressful times, even if it is for just a short while after a visit with these dogs.

The therapy dogs not only light up the lives of the patients in these facilities; the medical staff can’t help but warm up to the sweet animal with a smile, a scratch behind the ear and a snuggle or two. Their presence is a pick me up and a smile for all they meet.

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