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Meet Lily, Golden Retriever Helping Victims At Rape Crisis Center of Milford

01 Sep 2016 | by Deepshikha Tahiliani | Posted in: Wag News

A golden retriever called Lily turns out to be the best therapy dog around. The reason behind Lily being a therapy dog was that Lily was extremely affection furball, who loved the attention. She loves to be held, hugged and talked to. Her owner, Peggy Pisano is the director of victim services at Rape Crisis Center of Milford located in Connecticut. As soon as this idea clicked Peggy, she immediately pitched it to her team. Pisano mentioned, “The way our family dog reacts to people and children truly is quite extraordinary. It became so obvious that she just loves being with people.”

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To make lily the perfect therapy dog, she went through an entire serious of training with an organization called Pet Partners. About six months after, Lily was evaluated and passed with flying colours.

Recently, the adorable pooch was certified to be a therapy dog working in sexual assault victims’ services in Connecticut. There are about 9 crisis centres across the state. Pisano added, “Being a therapy dog is a pretty good gig, she loves to be touched and held and talked to; that’s what she does on a regular basis, and that’s how it translates in her therapy.” She had an encounter with one of the sexual assault victim and connected instantly with her. 

Right now, Lily is working in one centre. However, Pisano is doing every bit to make sure that the other centres also consider in investing on a therapy dog. if not that, at least they can allow Lily few occasional visits.

She also mentioned that “It’s pretty well documented everywhere that therapy dogs are effective for many many different crisis situations. I hope that our experience will give others thought to do the same.”

Kudos to Pisano and Lily!

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