A sweet Golden Retriever named Ruthie has been named as the ASPCA’s Dog of the Year for 2016. Ruthie is no ordinary therapy dog. She’s known as a “comfort dog”—specially trained to provide much-needed emotional support to survivors of trauma. Ruthie has shared her warm presence with survivors of some of the nation’s worst tragedies: the Boston Marathon bombing, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and the Sandy Hook school shooting…her first assignment.
When the Sandy Hook child survivors returned to school after the tragedy, Ruthie and other therapy dogs were available every day at the school for any of the children who needed comforting. You can read more about Ruthie and the other Humane Award-winning animals (including a hero cat named Blake) on the ASPCA’s website.
Images via RuthieComfortDog on Facebook.
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