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Paws on a Mission

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:18 PM EDT
It's a milestone at Mission Health.  More than 100 dogs now participate in the pet therapy program that began with only two in 1999.

As News 13's Jay Siltzer reports in today's Health Alert, the program  shows no signs of slowing down.

Tully draws attention like no other at mission hospital in Asheville.

Paula Webb, Tully's owner & volunteer, "everyone that we meet, whether it's just coming into the hospital waiting area, the staff, the families, the patients...we touch so many lives."

On this day, the four-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel brings comfort to heart patient Tim Lynch, a former Catholic Priest who understands well the value of pet therapy.

Tim Lynch, patient, "I see that God works in mysterious ways, meaning that there's no limit to how god can help people."

Now, the Paws on a Mission program, that has shown to reduce patient anxiety, blood pressure and respiration, is expanding.

Pam Hardin, Mission Pet Therapy, "we are going out to our sister affiliate hospitals, the most recent one is Blue Ridge Regional in Spruce Pine. They just got started about a month ago."

Paula, "no matter what language an individual speaks, everyone speaks dog."

And dog is love in this hospital room.

The Paws on a Mission program is always needing dogs and people to volunteer.

As well as money to keep the program going. 

If you can help, call (828) 213-0131.Paws on a Mission

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