The Power of Pets

Bella has places to go and people to see. With her tags jangling and her tail wagging, she’s ready to bring her warmth, her love, and her cold nose to some of the very people who need her most.

Bob and Bella

Bella, who is two years old, volunteers with Bob, whose age is a secret, as one of four animal therapy teams that offers comfort at Horizon Hospice.

“Excursions can include a short stroll around the campus, but most often they just include a heartfelt nuzzle by Bella as she lies near while we chat,” says Bob Brandkamp, risk manager for Avista.
Bella loves making appearances with Bob. She gladly greeted the Freeman High School students during their first month back to school after last year’s tragic shooting and she was on hand during the Salvation Army's Backpack Drive.
Freely passing out gentle snugs and pats, Bella brings a calm to those around her.

Brandkamp, like many of Avista’s employees, enjoys being able to volunteer in the community. In addition to matching employee cash donations up to $200, the company supports and encourages employee volunteerism, as evidenced by an average of 40,000 hours they contribute each year in the communities in which they live and work.

Do you know of a powerful pet story you would like to share? Send an email to: PowerOfPets@avistacorp.com. Who knows, we might just share it with others - with permission, of course.