- A man from Pennsylvania relies on a hug-loving alligator for emotional support
- 65-year-old Joie Henney received the approval from his doctor to use an alligator as a support animal
- Alligator Wally likes to snuggle and loves being hugged like the usual pet animals
“He’s just like a dog” — this is how Joie Henney describes Wally; his emotional support animal, a five-foot-long alligator that loves being hugged and petted.
Henney, who lives in Pennsylvania, told Inside Edition that he has been relying on a hug-loving alligator to keep his d
epr essi0n in check. He got the approval from his doctor to use an alligator as a support animal, after he refused to go on m edic ation.
“When I came home and was around him, it was all okay….My doctor knew about Wally and figured it works, so why not?” the 65-year-old man shared. “He wants to be loved and petted. He helps me keep my spirits up. When I’m down it’s almost like he can sense it … He will come over to me on his own. He also has climbed into my bed with me when I’m not feeling well.”
Wally, who is now a registered support animal, has been with Henney almost everywhere. They go on walks, do the shopping together, and even meet with the residents of nursing homes. The pet alligator, who is even afraid of cats, simply wants to cuddle.
Wally was found by a friend of Joie near Orlando and if Henney had not offered to take him, the animal might be gone by now. But little did the man know that the alligator would be saving his own rescuer.
“I don’t know what I would’ve done without him,” he said. In return, he pampers Wally a lot; gives him free rein of the house, where he loves watching TV and even has his own pool. He also takes him to a day care center.
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