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Therapy dog touches homeless boy's spirit

When the Lend A Paw team began to visit the Los Angeles Mission with a group of therapy dogs, they had their work cut out from them. From talking to the children, Barbara Sulier, a LAP volunteer, has learned that most of them are fairly recently homeless and on the streets. They talk about what they have left behind and often of the pets they had to give up. But there are also children who have spent all their life on the street or are were too young to remember anything different.

Lend a Paw on a Mission

The Los Angeles Mission exists to provide help, hope and opportunity to men, women, and children in need.

As one of its graduates said: "I'm not hungry anymore, I'm not empty anymore. I've changed from the inside out."

For those of us in animal rescue there’s a resonant echo of our own calling.  How perfect for the Lend A Paw dogs to reach out in service to this community.

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