Lacey — Therapy
IT’S LACEY!! That’s what is heard in the hospital hallways, as nurses react to Lacey’s rounds visiting patients. Lacey is an empathetic and loving Golden Retriever who is perfectly suited in her work as a therapy K-9. She is a canine volunteer at the Ft Carson’s Evans Army Community Hospital, spending Saturdays providing Animal Assisted Therapy to the Wounded Warrior Program and the military post population at the hospital. The WWP provides support to service men and women injured in the war on terrorism. Some are amputees who arrive at Evans to begin the grueling process of learning to walk again, however many are returning with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which even though not physically visible, is extremely disabling. Lacey with her owner/handler attend the physical therapy sessions, offering unconditional love and support to their road ahead. Lacey brings a calm soothing presence to these service members as well as military family members hospitalized from anything from giving birth, to providing comfort in the final hours of their life. Lacey’s put in many volunteer hours since her puppy days of obedience training in Colorado Prison system before being released for adoption, and her heart has always been empathetic. It doesn’t matter if the patient has a disability, or is old and sick, Lacey loves and comforts them and allows them to experience less pain and more enjoyment.