Two years ago, the Cohasset Working Dog Foundation was formed to raise funds to provide the police department and community with a K9 service dog. This year, the CWDF is giving back to the Cohasset community — by donating raised funds to provide individuals with service dogs of their own.
The CWDF recently announced its first annual Cohasset Service Dog Grant, which will help pay for the purchase and training of a personal service dog for a Cohasset resident. Trained service dogs can aid individuals with visual or hearing impairments, seizure disorders, mobility impairments, autism or other serious health issues.
These dogs can alert to certain medical conditions, such as seizures, before they happen.
“They’re remarkable and life-saving, and love you on top of that,” CWDF president Trish Morse said of service dogs. “They provide you with amazing service and unconditional companionship and love… No medicine or device will do that for you.”
These specially trained canines can help their owners lead regular lives. However, these dogs come with a hefty price tag, especially for an individual or family already facing medical bills. The purchase, training and raising of a service dog can cost around $20,000.
This is where the CWDF comes in — the group’s mission is to cover a significant portion of the costs for one Cohasset individual in need each year. This is a new initiative for the organization, which was originally formed to raise funds for the Cohasset police department’s K9 unit.
Morse explained, “The over-arching goal of the organization is to support the police K9 program; the second part is to provide service dogs to the people in the community who need them. That’s our mission.”
The CWDF announced last week that the first grant recipient has been selected: five-year-old Emmy Naples.
Applications to be accepted from January 1 to February 15th
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.
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