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CHICO, Calif. – Enloe Medical Center is kicking off a new dog walking program.
Walking is one of the best activities people can do for their health, and now folks have another opportunity to be active thanks to Enloe’s new “Walk with a Dog program.”
People of all ages and abilities are invited to meet four of Enloe Medical Center’s canine caregivers: Ellie, a rehab therapy dog, Carson, an Enloe volunteer through P.A.W.S., Winston, a behavioral health therapy dog, and Enloe, the beloved cancer-sniffing dog.
Walks will take place at DeGarmo Park from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning March 7 and every Saturday thereafter through April 25.
At each event, Enloe said attendees will learn about the featured canine caregiver, how each pup helps the community and more as they take a few laps around DeGarmo.
The first walk features Enloe, the cancer-sniffing dog purchase by Enloe Medical Center to support the research of In Situ Foundation.
Traci Hunt, the director of the Enloe Regional Cancer Center and one of the pup’s owners, will join the canine to talk about his training and the impact it has on local families.
Attendees will also get a chance to donate samples of exhaled breath if desired. Hunt hopes people will take the opportunity to do so.
"It's a very simple process," Hunt said. "It's just a matter of being able to wear a surgical mask for 10 minutes and answer a simple questionnaire. Enloe actually needs more healthy samples than unhealthy ones to keep his skills honed, so people can make a big difference."
For more details on the program schedule, CLICK HERE.