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Pets on Wheels & Staying Safe During the Dog Days of Summer

Maureen Harvie

A visit from a friendly pet--be it cat, dog, or parrot--can relieve stress and prompt conversation. Volunteers with the nonprofit Pets on Wheels spend thousands of hours bringing therapy animals to shelters, hospitals, and libraries, hoping to brighten someone’s day.

Executive Director Gina Kazamir describes how the organization trains pets and volunteers to visit more than 175,000 people each year. And volunteer Nancy Stark describes how her dog Kayak comforts those in hospice care.

Plus, Dr. Karen Burks of the Maryland SPCA tells us how to keep man’s best friend cool during the dog days of summer. Find out more about the Wellness Clinic here. Get more pet health tips here

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.