Celebrating National Therapy Animal Day in the Lowcountry

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Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — Monday is dedicated to furry friends who are trained to help us feel a little better.

MUSC's Therapy Dog Volunteers were recognized by Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, outside of City Hall, as he officially declared April 30 "National Therapy Dog day" in the Lowcountry.

Christine Whitener, a MUSC Volunteer, feels being part of the therapy program is rewarding.

"You can walk into a hospital room with a child that is 16 or 17 years old of age, and they're just crying, They're in a hospital bed and their body has been invaded, they have no privacy and a dog walks in and they jump out of bed, they're so excited to see this dog," she said. "Sometimes parents can't soothe them like this dog did, it's just a huge reward."

National Therapy Animal Day is April 30 of each year. The day is set aside to recognize therapy animals that visit multiple places such as hospitals, schools and businesses to help relieve stress to others.

To find out more and how to become part of MUSC's Therapy Dog Program, click here.

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