Meet Bellin! This month’s cover of SA Amigo features a very well-known figure in the animal therapy community, Bellin Bellin!
Bellin is a therapy dog for the group Pet Partners. Together with his team and adopted parents Steve Fontenot and Dr. Kassia Kubena-Fontenot, Bellin visits people all across the city in an effort to improve mental wellness.
Bellin’s story is also an incredibly inspiring one as well. Bellin began his life as an abused animal. After being rescued by Steve and Kassia, Bellin was brought into a caring and loving home, where he was completely rehabilitated and transformed into an animal focused on helping others.
As a therapy dog since 2011, Bellin has visited nursing homes and adult daycares, but his main passion lies in his involvement with the children at The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio and The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas. Bellin is a frequent visitor of the both centers, and each time he visits, he’s treated like a rockstar.
Bellin has been featured on multiple local talk shows and news segments, most recently during the month of April for Child Abuse Prevention Month and Animal Cruelty Prevention Month. He lives at home with Steve, Kassia, and with his sister Jewel and new foster pup Fintan.
Steve and Kassia are a husband/wife team who recently celebrated their 18th anniversary of marriage. The Fontenot’s have fostered and rescued over 80 dogs together and maintain their passion to foster and rescue even more. As they explain, “It’s very hard to let a foster go, but at the same time, we know that by letting our foster get adopted, we have the chance to foster and save another life.”
To read more about Bellin and his remarkable story, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teambellin. You can also support Pet Partners by visiting their web page, PetPartners.org.