Doing The Right Thing: Miracle Micah

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ALGOMA, Wis. (WFRV) - Meet Micah, or Mike, for short. He is the newest employee at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit. On the job for just a month, his duties include bringing happiness throughout the halls and smiles to the faces of residents.

"I thought it would be such a perfect fit to have one of these dogs," said Natalie Holliday, Micah's owner: 

Micah was adopted from the Door County Humane Society by Holliday, who is an activity aide at the facility.

"When you pet an animal they say that it releases a feel-good hormone and we've seen that with people," she explained.

Holliday said a number of residents suffer from dementia. Having Micah around helps them relax and open-up. He's even bonding with people who are usually non-responsive.

"So Mike put his paws on her knees and she didn't respond," Holliday said about an experience Micah had with a resident. "but when he got off of her knees she looked directly at him and put her hand out. It brought tears to our eyes. We have seen things like that happen repeatedly."

Micah and Roland Reher have become fast friends.

"I never thought I would end up like this," commented Reher, a resident. "but we don't know from day-to-day, and on your deepest days, they can bring a lot of life into you."

He is a special dog with a special purpose.

The care unit is now partnering with the Door County Humane Society to shine light on the benefits of pet adoption. For more information, click here.


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