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Veterinary dogs bring holiday cheer to long-term pediatric patients

Posted at 6:13 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 18:14:44-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Santa Claus is still in town, but this time he's coming in the shape of dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. For the twentieth year, the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and their pets are delivering gifts to long-term pediatric patients at Highpointe on Michigan

"We actually look forward to this every year," nurse manager Hayley Cych said.

"It brings smiles to their faces when they see the animals, when they feel the animals. The reaction is just absolutely magnificent," director of the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, Nancy Fredrickson said.

Fredrickson says she and the Veterinary Society always visit the long-term pediatric patients because during the holidays they tend to be overlooked.

"[These kids] don't get to interact or go home with families very often," Fredrickson said.

So, she and a few other volunteers decided to bring some Christmas cheer.

"We think the animals just bring something absolutely special in terms of a gift, along with the items that we've been collecting since Thanksgiving." she said.

And while each child has different physical abilities, Fredrickson says the simple presence of animals can bring peace and happiness to all.

"Dogs, cats, any kind of companion animal will almost always lower your stress level and bring you some happiness. So, if you don't have a pet go get one."