On Saturday, October 2nd The Ronald McDonald House of New York hosted its third annual blockparty,featuring food, live music, entertainment, safety awareness, health screenings and educational programs, on East 73rd Street between First and York Avenues. In conjunction with the block party, Senator Krueger declared the day as New York State Dog Therapy Day to acknowledge The Ronald McDonald House Angel on A Leash Program.

Angel on A Leash provides therapy dogs for pediatric cancer patients and their families. It also enhances health and quality of life through play and enrichment activities which promote the human-animal bond. Therapy dogs also help boost morale, self-esteem and overall feelings of well-being for those dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Studies have shown that petting a dog releases beneficial hormones into the bloodstream known to be associated with healing and feelings of well-being.

Therefore, therapy dog programs such as Angels On A Leash are deserving of recognition for their contributions to the health and well-being of New Yorkers.