Therapy Dog Brings Joy & Friendship To Young Boy Living With Cerebral Palsy
The Petco Foundation recently announced that all funds raised during their All For Saving Lives campaign that's running online and in Petco through September 10 will directly support animal welfare organizations in the South Texas and Louisiana region. Petco's goal is to raise $2.3 Million for the animal welfare organizations in Texas and Louisiana, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, which destroyed close to 40,000 homes.
Last December, the Petco Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the program that brought Johnny and Lexi together, Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue, which is a non-profit organization founded in 1999, staffed solely by volunteers, devoted to providing rescue and necessary veterinary medical care for unwanted, neglected, abused, homeless and displaced Golden Retrievers in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding area.
Johnny and Lexi's story is one to be celebrated! Johnny was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. He can't breathe or eat on his own, until recently Johnny only communicated with facial expressions (a few months ago he got a voice activated machine, same one Steven Hawkins), and he must endure daily therapy sessions that are so painful he cries. His parents were looking for a way to distract him and that's when they decided to adopt a rescue dog.
Lexi the golden retriever, was rescued by a group who found her underweight and neglected. She was not trained to be a caretaker - she was hyper and excited - until she met Johnny, and her gentle, caring instincts took over. Lexi never fails to put a smile on Johnny's face and she's the only way he makes it through his therapy sessions without crying.
The joy Lexi has brought Johnny is unmeasurable; she means the world to him and his family. In fact, Lexi's impact on Johnny has inspired Johnny's mom to work with a local dog rescue that partners special needs children with rescue dogs.
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