Pets Brighten the Day of Nursing Home Residents

These nursing home residents get love and support from some very special visitors. Pets have an amazing ability to brighten people’s day, and when they stop by this retirement home, it certainly gives a much-needed boost.

Residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC have been getting visits from four-legged friends for several years now. It began when Pat Wells decided after 9-11 that she wanted to do something to give back.

She began visiting the residents on her own, but when she brought her dog, everything changed. Residents took so much comfort in spending time with furry companions, that today, a group of volunteers bring their pets regularly to bring a little joy to the seniors. Check out the video below.

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