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The Cohasset Working Dog Foundation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its first annual Cohasset Service Dog grant. The grant will help pay for the purchase and training of a personal service dog for a Cohasset resident. A trained service dog can enable a child or adult with visual or hearing impairments, seizure disorders (Epilepsy, cardiac seizures), mobility impairments or Autism Spectrum Disorder among others to enjoy a more independent, safe and enjoyable life.
The purchase, raising and training of a service dog often costs upwards of $20,000, putting a personal service dog out of reach for many. The mission of the Cohasset Working Dog Foundation is to assist Cohasset residents in covering a significant portion of the financial commitment, matching the recipient with the most appropriate provider/training agency, assisting in additional fundraising activities and providing support as needed to ensure a successful partnership.
Grant applicants should have the ability to provide daily care for a service dog or live with an adult who will be responsible for its care. Food, grooming and and regular veterinary care will also be the responsibility of the recipient or his/her family.
Applications will be accepted from January 1 to February 15th. The 2013 grant recipient will be selected before the end of February and announced at the Cohasset Working Dog Foundation’s annual fundraiser to be held on Saturday, March 9th at Atlantica.
Application requests can be made by providing your name and mailing address via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to The Cohasset Working Dog Foundation, PO Box 45, Cohasset. You can also download a PDF Request For Grant Application Form from this website here. For more information, please contact Trish Morse at 781-383-1622 or at email@example.com.
The Cohasset Working Dog Foundation was founded in 2011 to support the service of working dogs in the community, including Cohasset’s Police K-9, Erik, and personal service dogs for community residents.
On Friday, June 22, 2012, at about 3:15am, a Cohasset Police Officer on patrol encountered an intoxicated female in the parking lot at Government Island. This female, who is 49 years of age and from the Town of Hyannis was reporting that her boyfriend, who is a recovering alcoholic and has diabetes, got extremely intoxicated tonight and ran off into the woods behind the Lightkeepers House.
Officers on foot attempted to locate the male to no avail. Cohasset Police K-9 Officer Patrick Reardon and his dog Erik were called to the scene. Officer Reardon and Erik began to track the male through heavy brush along Border Street. Within ten minutes the male was located deep in the woods.
The male, who is 50 years of age and also from the Hyannis, was heavily intoxicated and in distress. He was escorted out of the woods and treated by Cohasset Fire Department Paramedics. He and his girlfriend were subsequently placed into protective custody by officers.
Cohasset K-9 Officer Patrick Reardon with Anna Oberlander, the generous donor of K-9 Erik’s protective vest. This is Anna’s second vest donation, the first was for K-9 Britta, partner of Massachusetts State Trooper Shawn Cayer.
Bridgett Condon, a local 14-year old with a passion for animals, has raised $250 from part-time work, chores and donations from her friends in lieu of presents for her birthday, to give to the Cohasset Working Dog Foundation as it prepares for its first annual fundraiser on March 9th at Atlantica. Condon is currently in eighth grade at Derby Academy in Hingham.
Read more: Local teen donates to Cohasset K-9 program – Cohasset, MA – Cohasset Mariner http://www.wickedlocal.com/cohasset/topstories/x587874589/Local-teen-donates-to-Cohasset-K-9-program#ixzz1oO92yNH0
Patriot Ledger – Wednesday September 7, 2011
Police are getting a new recruit who should be good at taking orders.
Erik, a 1-year-old German shepherd from Slovakia, is set to undergo 14 weeks of training at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department before reporting for duty with his partner, police officer Patrick Reardon.
Cohasset Mariner Sept 2-8
Cohasset Town Manager Mike Coughlin approves addition of Police K-9 Unit
Cohasset Mariner, August 26-Sept 1