On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the Roxbury Garden Center held its 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation and Charity Festival that featured food, games, pony rides and much more!
Residents from around the area were able to participate in the fun while helping to raise money for Vet Dogs of America. According to owner Paul Pichieri, “I was amazed at the outpouring of support from the local businesses, in donating prizes for the free raffle. Overall, we were able to raise over $500.00 for Americas Vet Dogs.”
Local Business Sponsors:
The following local businesses helped sponsor the fundraising by donating on average $50 gift certificates.
About America’s VetDogs:
America’s VetDogs® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves the needs of disabled veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to once again live with pride and self-reliance.
VetDogs provide guide dogs for individuals who are blind or have low vision; hearing dogs for those who have lost their hearing later in life; service dogs for those with other physical disabilities; facility dogs as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals, and specialized service dogs to help mitigate the effects of PTSD in an effort to provide the emotional and physical support needed.
It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, there is never a charge to the veteran. All of our funding comes from the generous contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs.
For a veteran with a serious limb injury, amputation, or traumatic brain injury, a service dog can provide stability support climbing up and down stairs or getting in and out of a chair, and can be trained to fetch and retrieve specific items, e.g., medication, a wallet, or a phone. For veterans with seizure disorder, dogs can be trained to alert for seizure response.
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