MEDINA TWP. — Working with animals helps Kristine Valiante manage her depression and anxiety.
Valiante, 44, of Medina, brought her 7-year-old Scottish terrier, Annabella, to the Tuesday open house and ribbon-cutting to celebrate Medina Creative Housing’s latest venture — a day care center for dogs.
Valiante said she will work at the daycare at least once a week.
“It will help me relax,” she said.
Medina Creative Housing is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and supportive employment for people with disabilities. The day care, called Medina Creative Pet Play, will create 20 jobs.
Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, executive director of Medina Creative Housing, said a bond develops between people with disabilities and animals, which can in turn help their relationships with people.
“We are identifying areas where people with disabilities can be gainfully employed and earn incomes,” she said.
The $350,000 project was funded through a $100,000 grant from the Finance Fund and other fundraising, DePasquale-Hagerty said.
AkzoNobel Decorative Paints donated supplies and labor to paint the interior a bright, cheerful yellow. Dog and cat-shaped decals decorate the walls.
The 3,000-square-foot facility at 4080 Creative Living Way, near Home Depot, is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Services include pet care, grooming, training, photography and a boutique that sells homemade biscuits. Features include valet service and a green screen for adding digital backgrounds to photographs.
Medina Creative Housing’s other employment programs include coffee and produce production and construction.
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