By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Northeast Philadelphia retirement community got a new resident Monday, who will be helping out with some therapy programs. His name is Homer and he’s a dog.READ MORE: Concerned Citizens Went Undercover To Bust Child Luring Suspects, Atlantic City Police Say
Homer is a two-and-a-half-year-old Golden Labrador Retriever who was welcomed with open arms at Paul’s Run Retirement community on Bustleton Avenue.
“Animals just really give back to the people that they’re around and they’re caring and loving, they just make everybody smile, it’s just a really great thing for us to have and we’re really excited,” said Katrina Wise, Executive Director and Vice President of Paul’s Run.READ MORE: 23-Year-Old In Critical Condition After Wissinoming Shooting: Police
Megan Escherick is with Canine Partners for Life, which trained Homer.
“He’s very loving, but he doesn’t have a particularly high energy level and he’s very gentle so he’ll be good with kind of population, where he’s not likely to jump on people or knock them over or scratch them or anything like that,” said Escherick.
Between 15 and 20 people on staff have been trained to take care of Homer, including his grooming, feeding and commands.MORE NEWS: 'We Support Our Firefighters:' Lower Merion Township Says Goodbye To Thomas Royds With Procession