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Sheridan Veteran Affairs working to educate public on service dogs

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Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 5:04 PM CDT
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SHERIDAN, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service-Members, or PAWS Act, there has been increased national attention on service dogs. The Sheridan Veteran Affairs Medical Center is working to educate veterans, staff, and community members on the purpose of dogs in Veteran’s lives.

Staff at the VA describes having a service animal as a type of therapy. Just like any treatment, they want to encourage veterans to educate themselves on which type of animal will benefit them the most.

There are service, emotional support animals, and therapy pets. Service dogs are trained to do specific tasks. Emotional support animals detect their owner’s feelings by their behavior. Therapy pets are house pets taken into facilities to provide comfort for those there.

The VA works to provide veterans will information to find the best option for each person’s specific circumstances.

“Because of the legislation and also because of the processes and some things are just not clear, you know it’s time to put eyes on it. It’s time to redefine what is our policy and procedure,” said Lesa Wallis, the patient advocate for Sheridan VA.

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