Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Supports SSD

We are very happy to announce that the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has recently awarded SSD a grant of nearly $10,000. This donation will fund two future litters of service dogs, covering veterinary tests and care, whelping supplies and socialization.

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. The Reeve Foundation does a lot to promote the health and well-being of individuals who have mobility challenges, a spinal cord injury and paralysis. They have a wealth of comprehensive information and resources, as well as referral services, and they also conduct extensive research in search of a cure.

Service dogs can provide assistance to support people with paralysis, spinal cord injuries and mobility issues to become more independent. These dogs can pick up dropped items, pull doors open, turn light switches on and off, pull a wheelchair, and find and retrieve the phone, among many other things. 

When they’re born, the puppies in these two litters will have an important job to do. Someday, they’ll walk patiently by their partner’s side, ready to do whatever is required of them. They may become a dog like SSD Dylan, who has learned to pull his partner’s wheelchair and open doors. They may become like SSD Cabo, who assists his partner to balance as she walks. Or perhaps they’ll become like SSD Misty, who retrieves almost anything for her partner. No matter what task they perform, these dogs will change lives.

Thank you to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation!

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