December 13, 2016

Meet Heritage Springs' Newest Resident - Bouncer!

If you've ever had the pleasure of visiting Heritage Springs during a weekly pet therapy visit, you know how much joy furry friends bring to our residents. Now, they can experience that joy every day with our newest resident, Bouncer, a 13-week old German Yorkie!

Studies have proven that pets have a positive impact on the well-being of people with Alzheimer's and dementia – improving their mood, decreasing behavioral problems and even improving nutrition. “Every week when the pet therapy animals visit we feel a real change in the atmosphere here, both residents and staff just seem to get happier. Seeing the amazing effects animals have on everyone, it just made sense to adopt a pet to live here”, said Colleen Fritz, Executive Director.

Already within his first few days at Heritage Springs, Bouncer is helping reduce anxiety for our residents. Staff brought Bouncer to a resident who was visibly upset and crying. After a few moments of holding him on her lap, she stop crying and started smiling as she petted him.

For now, Bouncer, whose name was decided on by residents, staff, and our Facebook friends, spends only his days at Heritage Springs. Once he graduates from pet therapy training school and receives his certification, he will become a full-time resident. Staff and residents will take part in caring for Bouncer and he'll be part of daily activities.

 

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