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Power of pets highlighted at free public program

Nelson Freed and his dog Blu will participate in a program that highlights the power of pets at the Dover Public Library in cooperation with New Life Counseling at Dover.


People own and care for pets for a variety of reasons. Providing companionship, teaching responsibility and caring for another living creature are among a few. But with 70 percent of the population in the United States owning a pet, there continues to be a growing body of evidence that supports the fact that pets are actually beneficial to our health: physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

New Life Counseling and the Dover Public Library will host a free public program on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Dover Public Library regarding the power of pets. Registration is requested by calling 330-343-6123.

Chris Warsinsky, LISW-SUPV, of New Life Counseling is a huge advocate for animals and the role they play in people’s lives.

“Pets have a huge impact on humans,” Warsinsky said. “They offer unconditional love and support. For some at-risk populations such as foster children and homeless individuals, a pet may be the most stable living being in a person’s life. I recently was asked to send a letter on behalf of a client who wanted to take their dog to school with them. Their pet provides a means to keep their anxiety manageable and allows them to continue with their education goals.”

In addition to Chris Warsinsky, other local community members and their dogs are planning to attend the event. Blu and his owner Nelson Freed, Blaze and his owner Cierra Harrison, and Josie and her owner Dawn Brogan will share how their dogs have played an important role in their individual health or the health of others.

Published: February 9, 2017
New Article ID: 2017702099982