Easter Seals to offer dog therapy

Frances McGowin with Lilly
Frances McGowin with Lilly

There's a new therapy available to Easter Seals patients in central Alabama. But we're not talking about the latest medical technology. This therapy comes in the furry, four-legged variety.

The newest members of "Dogs on Call" were blessed Sunday at Montgomery's Episcopal Church of the Ascension. The program pairs dogs and their owners with disabled patients at nursing homes, VA hospitals, Hospice, etc.

Now, Easter Seals of Alabama is joining with the "Dogs on Call" program to offer dog therapy to its disabled clients, especially children. The program begins in February.

"We feel like these dogs are a blessing to us, so we want to share them with other people," said Easter Seal's Frances McGowin, who is also a therapy dog owner. "It's the only animal in the world that provides unconditional love to everybody and we're just sharing the love."

Research dating back to the 1950's shows dog interaction can improve a patient's recovery and quality of life.

For more information about Easter Seals and the "Dogs on Call" program, log on to the Easter Seals Alabama web site.