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Animal massage therapist brings relaxation to Portland shelter dogs

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Animal massage therapist Quimby Lombardozzi (KPTV) Animal massage therapist Quimby Lombardozzi (KPTV)

FOX 12 and Les Schwab Tire Centers are happy to announce this month’s “Be the Change” recipient Quimby Lombardozzi of ResQ Animal Massage.

It is no secret that animal shelters can be stressful for dogs.

Staff members at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter said it can be hard to get a glimpse at the dogs’ personalities in the hectic shelter environment.

That is where certified animal massage therapist Quimby Lombardozzi steps in.

Lombardozzi gives gentle massages to shelter dogs to help relax them and relieve stress.

“I felt like my role with them, I was best suited to be doing something where I was one-on-one with them, something more hands-on in a healing capacity where I could comfort them," she said.

The difference, Lombardozzi says, is night and day.

“Their breathing slows, their heart rate slows, they yawn, their whole demeanor changes.”

Lombardozzi has massaged nearly 200 shelter dogs over the past few years. She believes her efforts contribute to the adoptions of dogs who would otherwise be overlooked because of their age or breed.

Employees at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter said they value Lombardozzi’s time.

"Quimby comes here with no thought of personal gain," said Ann Potter of Multnomah County Animal Services. "She comes here with an open heart and giving and she gives and gives and I think the animals know that. We certainly know it as staff and it's a reflection of the better part of our community."

You can learn more about Lombardozzi’s organization ResQ Animal Massage at her Facebook page.

If you think you know someone who makes a difference and can 'Be the Change' in their community, nominate them at the FOX 12 Be the Change website. We feature one winner each month.

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