U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PREVENTS THERAPY DOG FROM VISTING SICK BOY - "[F]or a dog to visit, it has to go through the special therapy dog training program and be checked out by the vet here - not just any vet - prior to each visit. Thanks to the shut-down, that isn’t possible.”
A therapy dog named Emma has been making regular visits to a 12-year-old boy named Sam, who is staying at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center due to leukemia. However, the ongoing government shutdown is preventing Emma from making her regular visits. Therapy dogs must be checked out by a veterinarian prior to hospital visits, but this is currently not possible because of the shutdown. Read more from whsv.com:
The shutdown is impacting a 12-year-old boy from Broadway, who is battling an acute form of Leukemia.
He will have to go without the therapy dog that has brought him joy. According to the ‘We Support Sam’ Facebook page, his therapy dog was taken away from him because of the shutdown. He is staying at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Maryland.
Sam’s mother shared his story on NPR’s Morning Edition on Thursday.
"He was disappointed. He really looks forward to the dogs coming. He has a special fondness for the little dogs that can come and just sit on his bed and lie down and curl up with him," said Abbey Whetzel.
Hopefully Emma and Sam can be reunited soon. Click here for the full story and a news video. (Photo and additional information from the We Support Sam Facebook page)