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  • Soto

    Soto is a 4-year-old mini Australian Labradoodle residing in Bethesda, MD. He was born soon after the Nationals won the World Series and was named after the baseball player, Juan Soto. Soto is certified as a therapy dog through ATD (Alliance of Therapy Dogs) where he successfully passed various tests and observations. Part of his success in the certification process can be attributed to his innate fun-loving and kind nature. One of Soto’s favorite things is meeting and getting to know new people. He enjoys cuddling up on the couch with his companions as well as showing off some of his tricks for a treat. When not in the therapy room, Soto enjoys looking out the window to stay up to date with the happenings in his neighborhood, going on walks, and taking long naps. He will also be partnering with ATD to volunteer in various facilities such as hospitals and senior homes where he will bring some light to those going through difficult times.

    Soto’s goal at BCS is to contribute to fostering a safe and comfortable environment for clients in the therapy room (if a client wants him present, and subject to his availability). Research published in medical journals shows the positive impact of animal-assisted therapy in reducing emotional distress and promoting overall well-being. These studies have shown that exposure to animals can lead to elevated levels of serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin, while also decreasing cortisol levels and fostering a sense of calm and comfort (