REPOSTED from WNEP.com
POSTED 7:20 PM, APRIL 24, 2016, BY BILL MICHLOWSKI


NORTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — People and their pets walked and wagged their way through Lackawanna State Park Sunday.

Allied Services Integrated Health System hosted a Parade for Pet Therapy at the state park near Dalton.

The event also honored Joan Newman and her life-long commitment to bringing pet therapy to patients in our area.

Newman turned 90 on Friday and has volunteered with Allied Services for 18 years. She believes pet therapy truly makes a difference by easing anxiety and stress in the lives of many patients.

“I’m just thrilled to see that this is taking off in such a great way because several people today asked me how a dog can be trained to be a therapy dog. I went on to say, ‘First of all, a dog has to have the right temperament.’ That’s very important,” said Newman of Waverly. “After that, it takes quite a bit of training, a number of classes, and when you’re through, you really have a prized product.”

Donations collected at the event will go toward “pet therapy scholarships,” which will be handled by Allied Services in Scranton.