Hero Dog Awards - Ingrid

Ingrid

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Ingrid was given a second chance when re-homed to me in Aug.’19 as her owner could not afford to maintain her. Upon meeting Ingrid I could see she was intelligent, friendly, calm, & interacted with people exceptionally well. I knew she would be a fantastic Therapy dog. Ingrid required her spay surgery, dental work, treatment of an ear infection and vaccines updated. After several months of care, she was enrolled in and then passed each of 5 different training classes to earn therapy certification. She has made nearly 200 visits this past 12 months. She has comforted, de-stressed, eased anxiety and made friends with thousands of people in our community. Ingrid’s most meaningful visits are comforting sick/retired Nuns and bringing companionship to senior citizens at various healthcare facilities. She does de-stress visits at colleges and at all levels of school from K-12 including visits for autistic students. Ingrid has comforted children at Covid vaccine clinics, de-stressed Police, Firefighters and EMTs at the station and at local events. Ingrid visits staff and patrons at businesses, supports fundraisers and charity events. For the scope of her visits and her contribution to the community Ingrid has been covered by the county paper, tv news segment and featured in a magazine article.
Ingrid is a once in a lifetime dog. She provides love, companionship and acceptance wherever she goes. Watching her change hearts and lift spirits has made me a more joyful person as well.