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CARES & Lucky Dog Program

by Nancy Burghart — last modified May 15, 2023 01:07 PM


Canine Assistance Rehabilitation Education Services (CARES) provides residents the opportunity to learn how to train service dogs. Following training, the dogs are then placed with disabled individuals. While providing a valuable service to the community, the residents learn patience, responsibility, leadership skills, social skills and communication skills.

Lucky Dog

Through the Lucky Dog program, dogs receive training from residents who teach the dogs basic obedience commands such as sit, lie down and stay. The dogs are house broken, crate trained and are taught to walk on a leash. This is a second chance for the lucky dogs that would likely otherwise have been euthanized. Begun in 2002 with just one dog, the Lucky Dog Program has since grown to 15 dogs that are trained between 60 to 65 residents. There are at least 4 residents assigned to each dog. A few residents also are trained to serve as extra handlers as needed. All funding for this program is generated through the Friends of Animals in Need, Inc.

For more information about the program or adoption process, click here to e-mail Vicki Hollowell.

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