The following article was published in M Magazine. You can read the entire article here.
Nearly 5,000 people in the Milwaukee area are touched by dog owner/therapy dog teams from Pets Helping People each year. In July, nonprofit pro Amy Dodge was named executive director of the organization, now in its 20th year, and she couldn’t be more excited about the challenges ahead.
Who or what inspires you?
I think it’s the volunteers and the dogs. When I first interviewed with this organization, I was coming off some pretty significant health issues. I’ve always volunteered and been involved with service organizations. I helped co-found Milwaukee Empty Bowls and I worked for a mental health provider, but I’ve always had that (commitment) ever since I was in high school. I heard of this organization when I was trying to find my new work home, and I just fell in love.