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Pets on Wheels Hopes To Help Grieving Newtown

The volunteer group hopes its animals will bring some solace to those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

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 communities and facilities for the physically and mentally challenged are also recipients of our visits. Recently veterans’ hospitals, programs for the homeless and children at risk of home out placement have also been added to our visits," according to the group's website.

Red Dolphin December 20, 2012 at 06:36 PM
very warm and very touching,,,,,,,,, these are very kind compassionate american people
Jen Pawloski December 20, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Please also like Pets on Wheels' Facebook page at www.facebook.com/petsonwheelsinc. We are also accepting donations to fund the trip and the expenses of gas, tolls, meals, etc. Please consider helping. You can donate either at http://www.petsonwheels.org/POWDonations.htm or through Paypal via the FundRazr thumbnail on the Facebook page. Thank you to the Patch for covering our efforts.
Kiera December 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
And keep an eye out for us at your PG County libraries on Saturday afternoons. Many of us participate in Reading to Rover programs specially designed for kids who need a boost in reading skills.
Katrina Boverman December 22, 2012 at 03:54 AM
thank you for printing "good" news! acts of kindness can never get enough press in my opinion!

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