Weather Channel searches for disaster therapy dog at Bergen County shelter
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BERGEN COUNTY - One lucky New Jersey shelter dog may get a big break, and a very special job.
Representatives from the American Humane Association and the Weather Channel were in Bergen County looking for the ideal shelter dog to become a weather therapy dog.
The Weather Channel is looking for a dog to take to natural disaster sites in order to help people get through their harrowing ordeals.
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"To be a good therapy dog, you have to want to interact with people without discrimination," says Deborah Yankow, manager of the Bergen County Animal Shelter. "From our shelter, we think probably Brownie the little Cavalier King Charles mix. He's the right age and he's a very, very people-oriented dog."
The Weather Channel is making five stops at shelters across the U.S.
Once the dog is selected, it will be adopted into its forever home with the American Humane Association's national director of animal-assisted therapy.
For an extended interview on the search for a disaster therapy dog, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.