Cole — Therapy

Location: Millville, New Jersey

Cole may be deaf, but he’s helping people hear his message: a disability is not an inability, it’s a superpower. As an ambassador for special needs, Cole transformed from rescue dog to superhero in the eyes of children and adults alike. Deemed “broken” and passed up at a local shelter, Cole’s journey had only just begun as his message has impacted countless lives since his adoption. As a therapy dog, he works every day alongside his music teacher dad at a NJ elementary school with a unique social-emotional learning program called the Team Cole Project. Through his work in school and traveling assemblies across the region, he empowers children to embrace their differences and inspires acts of acceptance.

As their official mascot, Cole volunteers at the NJ Veterans Memorial Home, earning the Presidential Silver Service Award. Being a hospice therapy dog, he comforts patients and their families with his angelic love and support.

Amidst the pandemic, he hopped into the “Cole Mobile”, doing weekly drive-by visits throughout the neighborhoods of his school and community. With his paws hanging out of the window, students were able to stay connected with their favorite inspirational symbol of hope and love. In the summer of 2020, Cole embarked on a statewide Kindness Tour, lifting the spirits of care facility residents and staff.

School classrooms and assemblies may have become virtual, veteran visits may be through glass, but his message and mission are as strong as ever.

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