Perhaps you’ve heard the expression Dog Days of Summer?
It takes on a whole new meaning at Cumberland Pointe Care Center.
Residents and staff there have been very busy the last few weeks, helping animals at the Belmont County Animal Shelter.
“It means a lot to us,” said Belmont County Dog Warden Lisa Duvall.
And it means just as much to the animal lovers at Cumberland Pointe Care Center.
“You find in long-term care that the residents really enjoy the visits from the animals,” said Assistant Administrator Carri Rejonis. “It’s therapeutic. It helps them with anxiety. It helps them bridge the gap between home and living in a long-term care facility and we thought that it would be a good way to help.”
When they heard the Belmont County Animal Shelter could use some help, the residents and staff and their family and friends jumped into action.
“It is really wonderful because we’re always in need,” Duvall said. “We’re always getting dogs. We are overrun with dogs. We are at capacity right now.”
Cumberland Pointe was able to give $300 and a whole heap of goodies for both dogs and cats.
Those goodies included dog treats, bowls, blankets, food, collars, leashes and plenty of toys.
The shelter said every donation helps.
“We are so thankful to them,” Duvall said.
Residents even got a special thank you from Baby Girl the dog during the Dog Days of Summer cookout celebration.
“All of our residents have just been overwhelmed and overjoyed so we’re thankful for that,” Rejonis added.
In case you were wondering, Baby Girl, the adorable black and white pitbull mix is available for adoption.
While she doesn’t do well with other dogs or cats, she absolutely loves people.
For more information, contact the Belmont County Animal Shelter at 740-695-4708.