Four-legged friends spread cheer to nursing care facility in Smithtown

Now that the pandemic restrictions have lifted, Paws of War therapy dogs were once again able to spread some cheer at nursing facilities like the one in Smithtown.

News 12 Staff

Jun 23, 2021, 9:57 PM

Updated 1,122 days ago

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The Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care had some special visitors Wednesday in the form of four-legged, furry friends.
Now that the pandemic restrictions have lifted, Paws of War therapy dogs were once again able to spread some cheer at nursing facilities like the one in Smithtown.
"They're smiling, they're happy," says Kelly Porti, of Paws of War. "The connection petting the animal, all the senses come alive. It's pretty amazing to see."
Paws of War rescues, trains and places dogs and cats to serve and provide independence to veterans and first responders who suffer from the trauma of war.
The organization also provides pet therapy services and helps soldiers relocate their rescued pets back to America.
"It's beautiful to give back to people who need and deserve a smile," says Rebecca Stromski, of Paws of War. "Everyone needs a smile."
Paws of War, located in Smithtown, visits several nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities each month.


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