Phoebe, a trained therapy dog with the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), will make a special visit to Meals on Wheels of Erath County (MOWEC) volunteers and clients on Friday, March 21.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog program is an national ministry that uses the unique skills of dogs like Phoebe to bring compassion and comfort to people who suffer from all types of conditions. The LCC dogs have been dispatched to places like Boston after the Boston Marathon bombing and West, after the massive explosion in 2013.
MOWEC Executive Director Whitney Lee said she is excited to bring this opportunity to clients and volunteers alike.
"Therapy animals like Phoebe have a way of reaching people on a level that is often hard for us to understand at times," Lee said.
Phoebe is going to be at the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center on March 21 from 1-3 p.m. She will be visiting with any MOWEC clients, caregivers and volunteers who would like to come see her.
"The dogs can actually get pretty worn out during their therapy sessions, so we only have a short window to visit with Phoebe," Lee said. "That's why we're holding it at the senior center versus trying to go door to door to all our clients."
Lee said they are coordinating with City and Rural Rides to help provide transportation to the center for those that need it.
"You know, as caregivers and volunteers, what we do every day can take an emotional toll. I really hope people take advantage of this opportunity to come out and get a little K-9 comfort," Lee said.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the LCC Comfort Dog should contact MOWEC at 965-3510.