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Tarentum animal rescue teams up with O'Hara recovery center to promote the perks of pets, and host a public adoption event

A Tarentum pet rescue is partnering with an O’Hara drug and alcohol recovery center to raise awareness of the emotional benefits of four-legged friends.

A Tarentum pet rescue is collaborating with an O’Hara drug and alcohol recovery center to increase understanding of the emotional benefits of four-legged companions.

Paws Across Pittsburgh and DreamLife Recovery are organizing an adoption occasion open to the community.

“From addiction rehab to conquering mental health challenges, we grasp the profound impact pets have on individuals,” said DreamLife Vice President Lidice Morales.

“Through our pet-friendly activities, the center has directly observed the advantages of pet therapy, including improved emotional management and physical well-being.”

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on April 14 at DreamLife’s partial hospitalization facility in RIDC Park.

DreamLife specializes in trauma-informed treatment for addiction, and is commemorating its fifth anniversary by joining forces with the Tarentum nonprofit.

Morales stated that the group’s holistic approach offers pet-friendly amenities and allows patients to have their animals with them during recovery due to the therapeutic benefits.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is some evidence to support that assertion.

Pets can promote physical activity, social interaction, and time spent outdoors, as per the CDC website. This, in turn, can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as feelings of isolation and depression.

Paws Across Pittsburgh, located on East Sixth Avenue, was established in Springdale in 2016 before relocating to Tarentum. The volunteer-based rescue finds homes for mistreated or unwanted dogs and cats. It is entirely operated by volunteers who have rehomed over 6,000 dogs and cats in eight years.

President Jackie Armour noted that both rescue and rehabilitation are about providing second chances.

“We value DreamLife Recovery and their commitment to keeping owners and their pets united during treatment,” Armour said. “We firmly believe that the bond between owner and pet is incomparable.”

During the April event, Paws will present foster dogs in need of homes. Those interested can interact with the potential pets to see if they’re a good match. There will be treats and giveaways provided by local businesses.

“This collaboration not only underscores our dedication to keeping owners and pets united during periods of change, but also highlights our shared commitment to offering support and care for those in need, regardless of whether they have two legs or four,” Morales said.

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