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Shelter Dog Serves as Therapy Pet for Autistic Child

Alessandra Rizzotti

Diagnosed with autism, eight year old Jonny Hickey often isolated himself from others and had personal space issues. However, that changed once he met Xena, a shelter dog from Friends of Dekalb Animals in Georgia. Found on the side of the road and suffering from starvation, Xena was rehabilitated at F of DA. Now, Hickey has been inspired to talk about the importance of adopting shelter pets. Check out his personal PSA here.

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