Newtown therapy dogs visit New Britain

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Love and fur seem to go hand-in-hand for Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs. News 8’s AJ Walker was in New Britain today where they were spreading some joy.

When these dogs step into the building, kids treat them like celebrities and their handlers know the affect they will have on people.

“While we were working at the primary memorial site, we had a lot of kids hugging the dogs and saying the dogs make me happy,” said Ann Marie Cioffi.

Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs is an organization that was founded to bring comfort and strength to the community after the Newtown tragedy.

“There were a lot of kids who said they didn’t want to go to school if there wasn’t a dog there, because the dogs made them feel safe,” said Cioffi.

As you can see from the close contact these dogs have with the kids, it is important to choose the right therapy dog. Once they get the classroom, it is nonstop action.

“…if the dog has temperament, we can do anything,” said Cioffi.

The Chamberlain Elementary School Council says that they understand how important the dogs are to those whose lives they touch.

“We thought about bringing these dogs to ask a bunch of questions, how these dogs helped with the tragedy at Newtown,” said student Jayden Lopez.

They were able to raise $250.00 that was used to buy new patches for the dogs vest. Now when the therapy dogs are out spreading their joy, they will do it in a stylish way with a little piece of Chamberlain Elementary School.

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