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Operation Delta Dog
May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm| free
Operation Delta Dog Two Big Problems – One Great Solution
Each year, more than 50,000 dogs wind up homeless in Massachusetts. Many of these animals are sweet-tempered and trainable, but there’s just nowhere for them go. The sad result? Nearly half of all shelter animals are euthanized.
Working with experienced trainers and positive-reinforcement methods, we rescue homeless dogs from Massachusetts shelters and breed-rescue groups and train them to work as service dogs with local veterans who are suffering with TBI and PTSD.
Assistance animals are a practical and successful way to reduce stress, treat depression, and manage the panic attacks associated with TBI and PTSD. Trained dogs, however, are in short supply. Very few service dog organizations focus solely on veterans and even fewer utilize rescued dogs in their programs.
Operation Delta Dog wants to improve those odds. Our trainers find the very best canine candidates, pluck them from shelters, and train them for a new life filled with purpose and affection. Local veterans can participate in training without leaving their jobs or families and find relief from the debilitating symptoms of TBI, PTSD, and other challenges.
A short video with comments from the Founder & President, Trisha Blanchet and the Training Director, Carolyn Barney and several of the veterans who have received service dogs from Operation Delta Dog. The video is usually followed by a power point presentation in which we describe how our program works, where we find the dogs, the application process for a veteran, how the veterans are matched with the dogs and the training process our organization uses. We also speak to the definitions of service dogs and the rights afforded them through the Americans with Disabilities Act and the correct etiquette when approaching service dogs.