Rescued dog now helps patients in need

Posted at 10:21 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 12:37:43-04

Meet Akira, a three-year-old Labrador Husky mix with a heart of gold and an even better story.

Akira was adopted by owner Adolfo Lupu as a puppy in 2012. Lupu traveled six hours to a farm in Pennsylvania to meet his new friend. As Akira grew her veterinarian encouraged them to become a part of the SPCA's "Paws for Love" Program.

"He agreed she would make an ideal therapy dog based on her personality and her need for attention", said Lupu.

Just last February Akira was certified as a therapy dog and now visits local schools and hospitals multiple times a week. This week she stopped by Sister's Hospital to meet with patients including Faith Baake who just loved Akira's compassionate touch. "Big smile. I just wanted to hug her. She's so friendly" said Baake who is recovering from recent back surgery. 

Lupu works full time but says he takes Akira to visit with patients during his lunch breaks and on weekends. He encourages everyone to volunteer with the "Paws for Love" Program. 

Anyone interested can find more information at www.yourspca.org/spca-paws-for-love