Best of Brooklyn: 'Pals with Paws' therapy dogs opening new opportunities

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A Brooklyn woman is behind efforts to use therapy dogs to bring people with special needs out of their shells.
 
Lea Colon is the director of Pals with Paws. She started the program 10 years ago, inspired by her brother who had developmental disabilities. He died three years ago.
 
Colon says her brother lives on through the program that uses dogs to bring out qualities many people they did not know they had.
 
Colon says she hopes the newfound skills members discover can turn into jobs. Members have helped bake dog treats, leather leashes and a 2019 dog calendar. Money they've made from the products are being fed back into the program.
 
"No one's saying you're not doing that right, or can you do it this way, or this is better for me, dogs don't judge," says Colon.
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