Mount Sinai Pet-Assisted Therapy Program Unveils DOGNY Sculputure

Many volunteers of the Mount Sinai Hospital pet-assisted therapy program were on hand on October 30 to help unveil another special DOGNY sculpture in the hospital's Guggenheim Pavilion Atrium.

DOGNY co-chairperson Karen LeFrak and her Standard Poodles, Diamond and Jewel, volunteers in the Mount Sinai program, hosted other volunteers and their dogs as the eye-catching "Dogwood" was unveiled in honor of the heroic search and rescue dogs of 9/11. Sponsored by Pebbles Run Samoyeds, the statue is the work of artist Dennis Eisenberg.

Mark Dawson, a FEMA-certified firefighter from Greenwich, CT, and his SAR dog, Elvis, were special guests of the hospital. He shared stories with those present about his work with Elvis at Ground Zero.

Amy Schonbrun, Pet-Assisted Therapy Program Coordinator at Mount Sinai, welcomed all guests and presented Mark and Elvis with the book, "The Compassion of Dogs." AKC spokesperson David Frei, who also volunteers at the hospital with his two Brittanys, gave an update on the success of DOGNY in raising over $2 million to date for Search and Rescue Dogs nationwide.