Copper is a 7 year old lab/golden mix, rescued from the Morrow County dog shelter in May 2013. He goes to work at the Freedom Center with his owner, Melissa Body, several days each week. Copper completed his Canine Good Citizen and some individual preparation training with Pawsitive Journey/Barbara Kurtz to prepare for the duties of a therapy dog. He is loved by all who enter the Freedom Center and enjoys greeting clients in the waiting area and visiting co-workers in their offices (especially if they have a treat for him). Copper’s main job is to provide emotional support and comfort to those battling addiction and mental illness. He spends time with adults and adolescents providing them companionship and emotional support while they are in treatment. As part of the Strengthening Families program funded by the United Way, Copper offers support for those who are seeking help, education and guidance due to their loved one struggling with addiction. It is heartwarming to see how Copper can help build confidence and provide a unique emotional assistance to help our clients and their families at a time that is so difficult for them.