Dating back to their first visit on November 25, 2020, clients of The Braswell House have enjoyed continued weekly visits to the Betty Gambrell Animal Shelter. Each Wednesday, the group goes over to the Market Street address in Swainsboro to provide volunteer services through participation in the Braswell House’s pet therapy program.
In a 2020 interview conducted during the clients’ visit at the local shelter, Braswell House representative Eric Best stated that the idea for pet therapy combined with community service was prompted by Braswell House Supervisor/Director, Leigh Farrow.
“Our clients are dog lovers, so not only do they benefit from pet therapy with each visit, they also obtain a sense of self-worth by providing voluntary services,” Best said.
During each visit, Braswell House clients enjoy participating in volunteer services and spending time with pets who await their adoption into their fur-ever homes.
“Visits from this group of clients are always so touching. Just this week, some clients helped give baths to some of the shelter dogs during their visit. The expressions seen both from the shelter dogs and the Braswell House clients were priceless. We enjoy our Wednesday visitors, especially the shelter babies,” Shelter Manager Leta Fuentes stated.
The Braswell House provides substance abuse treatment services for adult men and women in a long-term residential setting. The establishment is government-funded so payment assistance is available for those in need of financial assistance.