An Elderly Woman Hadn’t Spoken Or Eaten For 3 Days. But When They Gave Her A Dog, A Miracle Happened

TheraPaws, a program run by The Mayhew Animal Home in London, England, brings animals to people who are sick, elderly or at the end of their lives. Volunteers take their dogs, and sometimes kittens, to hospice care programs, hospitals and dementia care homes.

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As soon as people see the dogs, their faces light up. They help give hope to these patients who don’t have much left. One woman there hadn’t eaten or spoken in three days. But when she had a dog put on her bed, she began to pet her and then started talking about her. From that point on, she talked to her family again and agreed to take her medicine.

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Hospice isn’t a place where you would normally hear laughing, but these dogs put smiles on people’s faces and get them laughing. Fifty TheraPaws dogs visit 43 care homes all over London, but since the program has been so amazing, they are planning on expanding.

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.