Sadie is just one of the therapy dogs that makes the rounds at the Medical Center as part of the Tar Heal Paws program.

The Four-Legged Volunteer

When Sadie visits UNC Medical Center, it can take her a while to get from point A to point B. There is just something about Sadie that makes people want to stop and say hello.

It may be her big bright eyes that take the time to look at everyone she passes. It may be her wide open smile. It may be the way her tail wags when someone gives her a scratch on the head.

Sadie is just one of the therapy dogs that makes the rounds at the Medical Center as part of the Tar Heal Paws program. There are more than 30 Tar Heal Paws teams—consisting of a dog and a handler—that visit dozens of units in Chapel Hill, as well as at the UNC Hospitals Hillsborough campus, Wakebrook in Raleigh, the Center for Rehabilitative Care and other facilities.

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Originally published Sept. 22, 2017. 

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