The volunteer group hopes its animals will bring some solace to those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Adam Bednar
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Volunteers from Pets on Wheels, a Baltimore area nonprofit that provides therapy visits with pets, will be heading to Connecticut Friday to help those affected by the school shooting in Newtown. "The dogs are a great outlet for people and children, and we hope that they can bring them some comfort," said Barb Wasaieicz, a Pets on Wheels volunteer. The caravan of two vans and passenger cars will be leaving the Baltimore area and headed for Newtown at 3 a.m. Friday and will return the same day. According to the group's website, Pets on Wheels was founded in 1982 by Dr. Frank Folke Furstenberg, a retired Sinai physician, to study the effect of animal visits on "shut-ins." "Visits are most often to nursing homes; however, assisted living …
Watch video from the Maryland State Fairgrounds Dog-a-Thon and Pet-a-Paw-looza events from over the weekend.
When Vicki Rummel goes room to room in nursing homes and hospitals trying to make patients feel better, she often goes unnoticed. Instead, her four legged friend Jillian takes center stage wagging her tail and offering the nape of her neck for petting. Rummel is the executive director of Pets on Wheels, a non-profit organization that brings dogs, cats and other friendly critters to people in care centers who are seeking companionship (and the healing power of animals). “So many people in nursing homes don’t get visitors,” Rummel said. “The first year you might go see mom on Christmas. The next year it might be ‘Oh well too busy, sorry Mom.’ “Everybody benefits. The dogs benefit. We benefit. The people we visit, even the nursing staff,” …