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Pets and owners help patients feel better


A dog is a man's best friend, so when it comes to volunteering, they should be involved.

P.E.T. P.A.L.S. allows dogs and their owners to help others together.

"We take the pets we love and let other people enjoy them as well," Keri Barker, dog owner, said.

Barker's dog, Max, volunteers for  P.E.T. P.A.L.S. Barker and her son Kameron take Max to different care facilities in the Cedar Valley.

"When we put on or blue P.E.T. P.A.L.S shirts, he is right there. He is like, 'I know this is my job, this is what I am going to do.' He is a totally different dog once the blue shirts are on," Keri Barker said.

It isn't just Max who gets something helping people.

"[It] makes me feel good. I'm helping people and letting them see the cute little doggy," Kameron Barker said.

"I wanted to do something that would teach Kameron to do things for other people without expecting anything in return and actually we do get so much out of return. Just the residents reactions are rewarding enough," Keri Barker said.

If you want to be part of the P.E.T. P.A.L.S program your dog must go through a training first.

To find more information about P.E.T. P.A.L.S and more volunteer opportunities visit: 

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