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Fairview students show love to Animal Friends' Therapets

Tawnya Panizzi
| Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:36 p.m.
Animal Friends' Therapets visited Fairview Elementary School on April 12. Student Miles McCarthy appeared to enjoy the program.
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Animal Friends' Therapets visited Fairview Elementary School on April 12. Student Miles McCarthy appeared to enjoy the program.
Fairview Elementary School fifth-grader Cecily Sarra shows some love to a visiting pup through the Animal Friends' Therapets program.
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Fairview Elementary School fifth-grader Cecily Sarra shows some love to a visiting pup through the Animal Friends' Therapets program.

Fairview students had a “pawsitive” dog day afternoon on April 12 when Therapets from Animal Friends visited the Fox Chapel Area school.

Trained volunteers and certified therapy dogs stopped at Fairview during visits to locations state-wide to help children and adults who may benefit from animal companionship, said Bonnie Berzonski, district coordinator of communications.

Students in grades three to five had the chance to visit with the dogs during recess.

Principal Becky Stephan said if school administration sees a positive impact from the visit, the program might be expanded to younger students.

Animal Friends provided a brief assembly to review tips for dog safety.

The non-profit along Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township has been serving the needs of pets for more than 70 years with humane rescue, shelter and adoption services, along with pet behavior classes, therapy and pet wellness.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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