W.VA.’s Friends with Paws adds 7 more dogs

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and First lady Cathy Justice just announced the next seven therapy dogs that will be placed in schools across the state.

This is in conjunction with the First Lady’s Friends with Paws initiative.

These seven additions make 19 total dogs available to bring comfort to students who are disproportionately affected by poverty, substance misuse or who are in at risk situations.

These dogs are intended to bring a healthy friendly outlet for students who need to address trauma and social emotional issues.

Therapy dogs are already in use in schools in Berkeley and Hardy Counties as well as other parts of West Virginia.

The program has been in existence since 2022.

The Governor and First Lady are very aware of the therapeutic nature of dogs as demonstrated by their love for their famous English Bulldog  Babydog.

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