CICOA is bringing out the dogs
When Darlene Gosnell walks into a room, eyes light up. It’s not Gosnell people are looking at, though, it’s one of her terriers. Gosnell is founder of Therapets of Indiana, which offers animal-assisted therapy in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and homes. She’s seen how people who are lonely are cheered up by a pet, how someone in hospice is comforted by a trained therapy dog, and she knows first-hand how a pet can help someone with a traumatic brain injury.
Beginning this fall, CICOA will pilot a program with Therapets of Indiana and offer animal-assisted therapy to homebound clients.