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Project Harmony dog helps kids feel safe

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Posted at 5:06 AM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 11:53:06-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Project Harmony has a new staff member, and his only job is to simply bring a smile to children's faces.

Woody is the new facility dog, and he's a great listener! Woody's job is to help kids feel safe and comfortable as they describe the abuse or crime they have witnessed. Woody calms their fears and brings smiles to faces that have not smiled in a long time.

Woody, a two-year-old English Golden Retriever, came to Project Harmony in late August, and went through extensive training before being matched with Project Harmony.

"We've already seen a huge difference in just how excited the children are to see him," said Project Harmony Director of Communications Angela Roeber. "Children come in anxious and scared and as soon as they see him, they relax. There is something about petting a dog that is so calming and therapeutic. The more you pet him the more he comforts you and it really makes that child, who is going through a terrible situation, feel better."

Tonight on 3 News Now at 6, Reporter Ruta Ulcinaite will have more on Woody and how he's doing his part to help out at Project Harmony.

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