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Gov. and First Lady Justice announce 6 therapy dogs to be placed throughout the state

May 5th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice announced the next six therapy dogs that will be placed in Communities In Schools sites across West Virginia as a part of the First Lady’s Friends With Paws initiative. The addition of the six dogs to Friends With Paws will bring the total number of therapy dogs placed in West Virginia through the program to 31. “These therapy dogs are making such a meaningful difference,” First Lady Justice said. “It’s incredible what benefits they bring, not just for the students but for the whole faculty. Our Friends With Paws dogs increase attendance, bring comfort and support to everyone in the school, and even help boost academic scores. I look forward to welcoming each one and seeing the amazing work that they do for our students.”

First implemented in March 2022, the Friends With Paws program places certified therapy dogs in various CIS schools across the state, providing companionship and comfort for students in need of a boost. "Seeing the Friends With Paws initiative grow brings me a ton of joy because I know firsthand the difference these amazing dogs make for students and educators all across our state," Gov. Justice said. “These therapy dogs have truly become a cherished part of our communities, spreading love and happiness throughout the halls. I'm absolutely certain these new additions will make a positive impact at their new homes."

Friends With Paws Class of Spring 2024