Love on a Leash is a national organization dedicated to connecting animal therapy teams with people who need them. They bring therapy animals to senior citizens, hospitals, and our Libraries!
You might see Love on a Leash service dogs around the Library reading with children. Therapy dogs can help make reading fun. The dogs do not judge or correct. They make what can be difficult for some, less of a chore, and more of a fun interaction. Dogs visiting libraries also give children who don’t have a dog a way to interact with them and show them that dogs aren’t scary. They just want to be friends!
- "During a visit to the library, there was a shy girl who was nervous about reading aloud. She told her mom that she didn’t want her mom or the handler to listen to her read. She proceeded to cuddle up to the dog real close and whisper the book in her ear."
"During one visit to the hospital with our dogs, there was a patient with her adult daughter who was in the middle of her breakfast. While we were there chatting with our dogs, the patient started to eat. After a lengthy visit, we said our goodbyes and started to leave. The daughter came out in the hallway to tell us she’d been trying to get her mom to eat all morning. The joy our dogs brought to her gave her the willingness to want to eat."
St. Charles Love on a Leash Chapter: A Touch of Love