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26 Acts of Kindness: A Service Dog Project

Rescuing, training, and DONATING service dogs to those in need in honor of those young lives lost, and those forever altered by the Sandy Hook, CT tragedy.

In the beginning:

26 rescued dogs, pulled from death row in high kill shelters or found on the streets - will be medically and mentally rehabilitated from hard knock lives, then they will receive training and become certified emotional assistance and service canines. These 26 dogs will be DONATED, COMPLETELY FREE, to approved applicants. 25 to private citizens, and one police or fire department K9. Do you know someone, or a department, who needs but can not afford a service dog due to cost?

 

How you can help: 

Owner and head trainer at Tuscaloosa K9 Camp, Heather "Red" Litz, was devastated by the EF5 Tornados that spawned in Alabama in April 2011. She lost 24 dogs and one of her employees suffered permanent paralysis. Her story was featured on the hit show "Pit Bulls and Parolees".  In the wake of the deadly shooting that struck Sandy Hook, Heather, inspired by the outpouring of support she received from the community both locally, and nationally, has decided to do the same. She will be donating 26 dogs, 25 service dogs and 1 Police K9 to families, veterans, and a police department from all over the country to honor the victims and to bring solace to those in need.

Of course, this project will be costly. Many of the candidates will need medical treatment, vaccines, heartworm tests/treatment, spay/neuter. They will need special training tools and customized training programs. Normal cost for a service dog can range anywhere from $5000 to $30,000. If you'd like to do an act of kindness by contributing to our Project - you can sponsor a dog, or make a contrEvery bit helps! You can receive photo and journal updates on your sponsored dog or you can donate to the Project itself.

WHY?

In memoriam of the innocent souls lost in Newtown, CT

Tuscaloosa K9 Training Academy and Camp Mayhem Rescue's founder, Heather "Red" Litz, certified master trainer would like to complete 25 lives.

We are looking for individuals in need of companion service dogs for emotional medical conditions. A letter of certification from your physician and a stable home environment are required to qualify.

It is well documented that an emotional condition is lessened when a bond is formed between human and canine. Studies show that service dogs can relieve the effects of emotional disabilities by calming and reducing stress associated with the disability.

The 26th and final act of kindness involves Law Enforcement. Police K-9 dogs are highly trained in drug or explosive detection, search and rescue (SAR) and/or felon apprehension. Training is time intensive and costly. Red has always been passionate about training working dogs, police dogs in particular. Camp Mayhem Rescue will donate to one Law Enforcement or Fire Department a fully certified single or dual purpose police or SAR canine.

Over the next few months we will be training the 26 dogs to present to their new partners. We have invited other rescues and trainers to consider instituting a similar program of training and matching a rescue dog with a human in need.

All applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of Camp Mayhem Rescue and selected applicants notified by March 31, 2013.

What's happening now: 

The 26ASD Project has quickly snowballed into something potentially more than amazing. We've received application requests from across the country, from folks in a variety of desperate or needy situations, from all walks of life. Many parents hoping for a dog for their child. So many that were hopeless to gain this amazing asset of a service animal... hopeless to be provided this needed MEDICAL TREATMENT. Yes, these dogs are medicine and these people can't afford them. The hope in their words is evident and we want so badly to help them. So, we want to keep going. We have enlisted a few trainers already from across the country and we hope to lure more into the Project. We'd like to establish a permanent foundation for rescued dogs to be trained and donated to those in need, concentrating on, but not limited to, emotional support service dogs. Here's where we need you.

Who am I:

My name is Justin Anzalone and I am a dog trainer from O'fallon, MO.  I am proud to be driving to Berry, AL on February 15th to pick up one of these dogs, whom under my watchful will be trained to become a service dog before being returned to Heather and her crew to be donated to one of the needy applicants.

Media Recognition:

http://whnt.com/2013/01/11/tuscaloosa-k9-camp-giving-away-26-service-dogs/

http://www.wsfa.com/story/20538010/dog-trainer-giving-away-26-service-dogs-in-kindness-campaign

http://now.msn.com/tuscaloosa-k9-camp-to-donate-26-service-dogs-as-random-acts-of-kindness-to-honor-sandy-hook

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/01/dog-trainer-donating-26-service-dogs-to-honor-the-victims-of-newtown-connecticut/

http://www.kutv.com/news/features/national/stories/vid_1702.shtmlhttp://www.yourdogplus.com/2013/01/dog-trainer-giving-away-26-service-dogs/

http://www.wltz.com/story/20557852/service-dogs-to-newtown-in-act-of-kindness-campaign

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/20538010/dog-trainer-giving-away-26-service-dogs-in-kindness-campaign

http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/K-9-Camps-26-random-acts-of-kindess/fZ0AyWm_Y0qDQQcDaeQUzw.cspx

 

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