WCKC CHARITABLE DONATIONS: A portion of the proceeds of our shows will be directed to the following programs and services that are supported by the WCKC, Inc. From time to time, you will notice changes to this list. Thank you to our friends and exhibitors who have helped to make these contributions possible!
- AKC/CHF – www.akcchf.org
- Dog Orphans, Inc. – www.dogorphans.com
- ***NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) – www.neads.org
- Mass Federation of Dog Clubs, – www.massfeddogs.org
***NEADS-for 30 years, responding to the needs of our consumers – Canines for Combat Veterans. In May, 2006 NEADS was the first Service Dog program in the country to be invited to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC to meet the soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. We returned to Walter Reed to interview three candidates in the Occupational Therapy ward. Some sustained combat-related injuries and are now double amputees. Many were accepted to receive Walker Balance/Service Dogs from NEAD’s new Canines for Combat Veterans program. These dual-trained dogs will serve as Walker/Balance Dogs when the veterans are ambulatory and walking with their prosthetics – providing balance while walking, going up and down stairs, and getting up from a sitting or fallen position; and act as Service Dogs when the veterans remove their prosthetics and transfer to a wheelchair – assisting by picking up dropped articles, retrieving items from hard to reach places, pulling manual wheelchairs a short distance, turning lights on and off, etc. It is NEAD’s great privilege to be working with these honorable service men and women.
NEAD’s National Training Campus – 305 Redemption Rock Trail, Sterling, MA 01564 (978) 422-9064