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The Weather Channel® searches for therapy dog

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The Weather Channel® (TWC), along with the American Humane Association (AHA), announced a very special effort going on now. The two are partnering up in a nationwide search to find a therapy dog that will assist with recovery in communities hard-hit by severe weather.

The dog chosen, along with the AHA handler, will visit schools, hospitals, shelters and other locations to bring comfort and service to areas hit by a natural disaster. The Weather Channel® will share the dog’s journeys and they will also be shown on www.weather.com and www.americanhumane.org.

The dog requirements are:
• Needs a Forever Home (rescue/shelter dogs only)
• Age: at least 1 year old
• Weight: Medium-sized dog (approximately 40 lbs - 50 lbs)
• Temperament: friendly, outgoing, affectionate, sensitive, gentle and charismatic
• In good health
• Loves other dogs
• Loves people

“Rain or shine, animals play a vital part in the health of every community, and in times of disaster therapy animals can be especially valuable in rebuilding lives and restoring communities,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. ”We are very pleased to be part of this national effort to find and unleash the unique power of animal-assisted therapy to help bring comfort and healing to America’s communities wherever and whenever they are in need.”

The two-week search began Dec. 30. For more details on the search and to view submissions, click here.

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