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Pets in the Park to benefit Healing Heroes project partnering dog with vet

Published on Monday, March 16, 2015

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Bill Brightman from Service Dogs for Veterans, Melissa Yetter from Service Dog Institute introduce Greer Leadership member Bethany Hembree to a service dog in training

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Bill Brightman from Service Dogs for Veterans, Melissa Yetter from Service Dog Institute introduce Greer Leadership member Bethany Hembree to a service dog in training

 

Pets in the Park is scheduled Saturday, March 28 as a continuing fundraiser for the Healing Heroes project, to provide service dogs for veterans affected by Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Greer area.

Greer Leadership Class XXXV has undertaken the project with Bill Brightman, the Dog Trainers Workshop and the Service Dog Institute. The $15,000 goal to train one dog for a vet has reached the halfway mark.

The Pets in the Park, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in City Park, will feature Alex Hunnicutt and Arvie Jr. Band performing, bounce houses, concessions and service dog demonstrations and dog obstacle course and walk and leashed pet event. Dress up pets and strollers for the Red/White/Blue pet walk will feature pets and vets.

The Healing Heroes project provides dogs for companionship and to calm veterans with PTSD. Some dogs are trained to perform special tasks for veterans with disabilities.

A Greer veteran, who is undergoing PTSD treatment and therapy, has been designated the recipient of the service dog, according to David Eill, Leadership XXXV president.

This video includes an interview with a veteran who has gone through the program and who spoke to the Leadership class.

For more information email David Eill, class president or email here. Call 864-877-3131.

Donations on the crowdfunding website can be made here.

 

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