Pet Therapy Goes Virtual Pet Therapy Goes Virtual

AVENTURA, FL (NCC News)-  The Humane Society of Greater Miami located in South Florida, offers a unique pet therapy program. Maya and Ethan Levy are two volunteers in the program who originally got involved in the project as a bar mitzvah project. The Levys continued volunteering and have been doing so for about five years or so now. The Levy siblings along with their Cocker-Spaniel,  “Choco,” visit the residents at the Regents Park Nursing Home located in South Florida.

Choco was a weekly visitor to the home until COVID-19 restricted usual visitations and social activities. However, that did not stop the Levys. Along with the help of their father, they decided to bring Choco to the nursing home, virtually.

“The residents are nearly as happy to see Choco online as they were to see him in person,” Maya said.

The Levys said they have a group of residents who especially look forward to seeing Choco especially during this time.

Marc Bruno, the activities director at Regents Park Nursing Home, says that with everything going on, the visits with Choco are one thing that remains consistent for the residents.

“Choco brings a smile to the employees here as well,” Bruno said.

Choco along with the Levys, are excited to get back to their in-person visits to Regents Park.

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Alexa Roth

Alexa Roth is a masters student at Newhouse School, Syracuse University. Studying Broadcast Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis.

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