Needham Resident Uses Dog to Help Homeless in Boston

Therapy dog BHCHP Maestro
Wicked Local Needham

While thousands of men and women in Boston struggle to survive with no place to call home, one Needham resident is using an unconventional tool to help them: a dog.

Once a week for the past three years, Suzanne Bossert has brought her therapy dog to visit patients at the Barbara McInnis House, a recuperative facility for homeless people run by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

“I call Maestro an angel in a dog suit, because he elicits incredible responses from patients,” Bossert said. “There is something about dogs that disarms people and bring them back to a joy they might have felt growing up.”

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