During unspeakable tragedies, you can often find hope in the people who reach out to help. After the recent shooting in El Paso, Texas on August 3, Americans are working to find ways to cope. In this case, not only are people reaching out, but animals are as well.
Therapy dogs are comforting victims and first responders in El Paso.
Methodist Healthcare System sent a few of their facility dogs from San Antonio to El Paso on Sunday, August 4.
The dogs — Chanel, Rudy, and Lady Â— are trained to provide â€śunconditional love and supportâ€ť to people who are suffering.
Rudy & Chanel are headed to El Paso to spread some love at Del Sol, and to visit first responders. Special thanks to Service Dogs, Inc and Southwest Airlines !!!https://www.servicedogs.org/Posted by Methodist Healthcare System on Sunday, August 4, 2019
The dogs are trained by Service Dogs Inc., and they usually provide care to patients of Methodist Health in San Antonio.
These dogs can provide an intimate level of care to traumatized people.
Methodist Healthcare Systems said in a statement: â€śThe rate of suicides by first respondersÂ—firefighters, paramedics, law enforcementÂ—has escalated from one every seven days to one a day. These dogs can reach places in the heart no human can.â€ť
Today, Chanel, Lady and Rudy met with Emergency Room staff and first responders at our sister hospital Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso. We're happy to provide these heartwarming interactions, as many times healthcare employees and first responders don't have the opportunity to grieve and release their stress. #ElPasoStrong #CareLikeFamily #FacilityDogs #PrayersPosted by Methodist Healthcare System on Monday, August 5, 2019
On August 5, Methodist Healthcare Systems wrote on Facebook:
Today, Chanel, Lady and Rudy met with Emergency Room staff and first responders at our sister hospital Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso. Weâ€™re happy to provide these heartwarming interactions, as many times healthcare employees and first responders donâ€™t have the opportunity to grieve and release their stress.
Chanel and Rudy our facility dogs made it to El Paso this morning. They are already providing their unconditional love...Posted by Methodist Healthcare System on Sunday, August 4, 2019
One of the dogâ€™s handlers told ABC13 Houston that dogs are able to sense who needs care the most. He said, Â“YouÂ’ll actually see them head first to a person who is displaying the most stress. ItÂ’s pretty amazing to watchÂ…It also just lightens everybodyÂ’s spirits.Â”
Dogs are truly manâ€™s best friend, and the Methodist Health dogs are proving it by being there for the people who need them in El Paso.