Nursing facility welcomes new four-legged resident

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - There's a new resident at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The Coordinator for Paws for Seniors Program, Camille Lagrossa, said Champ was the perfect dog to call the nursing center home.

"It's a big deal," said Lagrossa. "It's a resident that is coming to live with them that's got four legs instead of two, and it's something that we enjoy doing."

Champ is the 7th dog in the state to make his way to a nursing home.

"We have them all the way down to El Dorado, Fairfield Bay, and Marked Tree and," said Lagrossa. "We're all over."

Champ was a rescue dog and joined the Paws in Prison Program where he made quite the impression, and landed a spot in the Paws for Seniors Program.

"We look for dogs that are good candidates that are actually good to live in a nursing home," said Paws for Prison Trainer Carrie Kessler.

For resident Patricia Clark, she's excited to finally be around a dog again.

"Coming in and waking me up and licking me in the face," said Clark. "I just think it's great."

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