In this piece for MinnPost, Andy Steiner recounts the story of Carrie Gallagher, a young girl who struggled with the crippling trauma of being sexually assaulted at 12 years old, who was greatly helped by a therapy dog. Carrie ultimately died by suicide; in honor of her memory, her family has started a nonprofit organization to sponsor therapy dogs for people struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
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That’s great if you have enough money to *afford* a dog, or have housing that allows PETS.