After a months-long search across the United States for the perfect dog to join their team, The Weather Channel has announced the selection of its new weather therapy dog, Butler. The one-and-a-half year-old male shepherd mix was chosen through a partnership between The Weather Channel and American Humane Association. Butler will make his broadcast debut during a special Valentine’s Day edition of “Morning Rush” (7 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET).
Rescued from the Humane Society of Charlotte, North Carolina, Butler will live with handler Amy McCullough, National Director of Animal-Assisted Therapy for American Humane Association. The pair will travel to communities that have been severely impacted by natural disasters, visiting schools, hospitals, shelters and other locations as they bring comfort to those recovering from disaster.
“We’ve long known the benefits of animal-assisted therapy on communities reeling from tragedy,” says McCullough, “and Butler will be able to provide just that— a sense of comfort, and maybe even some healing, for the people who need it most.”
Described as sweet, affectionate and friendly, the well-mannered and energetic Butler is currently working on obedience skills with McCullough at her home in Colorado. She plans to have him registered as a therapy dog in time for “Storm Season” this spring. Admirers can follow Butler’s trail at https://www.facebook.com/TherapyDogButler.
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