PHOENIX, AZ - Nestled in the heart of downtown Phoenix is a unique animal rescue operation.
Here, radical surgeries like no other are performed on a daily basis.
This is the Urgent BEAR Center.
It's a place where old bears get new lives.
"These bears have all been abandoned. They have huge abandonment issues," said Tara Logsdon who created the BEAR Center.
Once clients select a bear, she hand sews new eyes, hearts, and clothes. While most bears end up in the arms of children, some of her creations end up in art galleries.
She says the BEAR Center is not only to spreading comfort, but raising awareness about recycling.
"I think these bears are a huge symbol of how you can find things already in existence and just put a little bit of love in them, and they go from being discarded to something on display on a gallery, something really important," she said.
Logsdon claims more than 1,200 bears have been placed in new homes, many designed by special request.
"A woman contacted me from out of state. She wanted a special angel bear made for her son," she said.
Logsdon says each one is special in its own way.
"Very special and they are all one of a kind, no two are alike. They're all handmade,"
Each bear is sent home with a prescription for hugs daily.
She says the Urgent BEAR Center is a place where love is the medicine.
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