Wiregrass Angel House’s Angel Paws continues amid COVID-19


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Although the Wiregrass Angel House is well-known for helping crime victims and their loved ones, there is another group of dedicated workers within the organization that is paw-sitively awesome.

Cole is four years old and works as one of the Wiregrass Angel House’s three therapy dogs.

“He is the therapy dog we’ve had here the longest at Angel House,” said Wiregrass Angel House Outreach Advocate Katy Lewis. “Everybody loves Cole. I don’t think that there is anybody out there that has met him and has not fallen in love with him. He’s a big snuggle bear.”

But Cole is more than just a cute desk buddy. One of his biggest jobs is to help crime victims testify during court.

“If a kid sees a dog, then it’s just going to put them at ease,” Lewis explained. “They just want to pet and love.”

Right now, many courts are closed due to COVID-19 but that’s just one more reason why Cole’s service is needed now more than ever.

“With COVID-19 there’s a lot of uncertainty and there’s a lot of emotions kind of going through everybody right now,” Lewis told WDHN.

Despite the fact that Cole and his other therapy dog buddies can’t get out as much due to the pandemic, they continue making regular visits to the Child Advocacy Center. There, they help children and adults, one paw at a time.

“Dogs are obviously therapeutic, but it’s just something that’s universal,” Lewis said.

To learn more about Cole and his work, visit the Wiregrass Angel House’s website.

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