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Meet Cooper, Mount Nittany Health’s Newest Volunteer Therapy Dog

Meet Cooper, Mount Nittany Health’s Newest Volunteer Therapy Dog

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce that it has added a new furry friend to its Volunteer Pet Therapy Program. Cooper looks forward to comforting patients and team members at Mount Nittany Medical Center each week.

Cooper is a gentle golden retriever who recently turned four-years-old. Over the summer, he completed seven weeks of basic obedience training and seven weeks of agility training. His human was inspired to certify him as a volunteer therapy dog after reading an article in the local paper about the benefits of pet therapy and its implementation at Bellwood Elementary School. Cooper received his therapy dog certification through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs in September.

In addition to bringing smiles and joy to patients at Mount Nittany Medical Center, Cooper regularly visits a veteran’s affairs home, Blair Senior Services, H.O.P.E Drop-In Center, Penn State Altoona, Mount Aloysius College, Altoona Area High School, Penn Lincoln School, Hollidaysburg High School, and several local churches. In January, his services will also extend to Bellwood Elementary School where he will provide a calming presence for schoolchildren who are learning to read.

When he is not busy serving the community, Cooper loves his ball, his stuffed duck, and his stuffed bear. He also loves bacon, but he only gets it when he is training. He is a very good boy who adores all people and loves being petted.

Please join us in welcoming Cooper and his volunteer human Wanda to the Mount Nittany Health team. We are paws-itively delighted to have them, and we are grateful that they are contributing to our mission of “Healthier people, stronger community.”

The Pet Therapy Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center is aimed at enhancing the overall well-being of our patients, staff, and the Centre region. The dogs participating in Mount Nittany Health’s Pet Therapy Program undergo strict testing processes, and are certified through organizations that include the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and Therapy Dogs International; both recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as experts in their field.

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