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April 24, 2013
Best Friends Raises Funds to Bring Certified Therapy Dogs to Boston

Company Pledges to Match up to $10,000 in Donations for The Good Dog Foundation

Best Friends Pet Care has launched a campaign to raise as much as $20,000 to cover the cost of bringing fully certified therapy dog teams to the area to comfort those impacted by the recent Boston Marathon tragedy. The company, which provides boarding, grooming and doggy day camp at five locations in the Boston suburbs, has pledged to match up to $10,000 in contributions from the public.

All donations will go to The Good Dog Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides therapy dog services at healthcare, educational, social service and community facilities and at disaster response sites across the country. Six Good Dog teams already are scheduled to arrive in Boston this week. Funds raised through the Best Friends campaign will enable Good Dog to deploy more teams to Boston and its suburbs over the coming months as the community tries to heal from the bombing and its aftermath.

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Donations can be made by visiting or calling any of the Best Friends Boston area centers. To locate the nearest center, visit www.bestfriendspetcare.com or call 800-FOR-PETS. Donations also are being accepted by the Best Friends Doggy Treat Truck, which is visiting dog parks and other pet friendly locations throughout the area this month.

“So many people in the Boston area would benefit from the comfort and support a therapy dog team can provide,” said Renee Coughlin, VP of Marketing for Best Friends Pet Care. “We believe bringing more of these teams into the community can make a real difference, which is why we’re offering this matching grant.”

Good Dog teams are experienced in crisis response. They have worked with victims’ families of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the Newtown school shooting last December, as well as with survivors of Hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy.

Rachel McPherson, Executive Director of The Good Dog Foundation, said, “We are so grateful for the support of Best Friends Pet Care to enable Good Dog to bring certified therapy dog teams to help Boston heal.”

Best Friends Pet Care’s Boston area centers are located:
• In Ashland at 10 Fountain Road, 508-881-3441;
• In Boxford at 126 Killam Hill Road, 978-887-5760;
• In Sudbury at 150 Boston Post Road, 978-443-2351;
• In Tyngsboro at 394 Middlesex Road, 978-649-8585; and
• In Wakefield at 15 Main Street, 781-245-1237.

About The Good Dog Foundation
The Good Dog Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1998 to promote the use of animal-assisted therapy. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people heal, Good Dog’s mission is to elevate the stature and promote society’s understanding of the therapeutic value of the human-animal bond.

The Good Dog Foundation is the East Coast leader in certified therapy dog teams and it provides animal-assisted therapy through the use of professionally-trained, fully-certified, and supervised volunteer teams. These teams work to aid the healing process in humans and enhance clients’ quality of life through a focus on education, health care and wellness, research, and disaster response.

Good Dog provides therapy dog services to people in health care, social service, educational and community facilities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and at disaster sites around the country. Good Dog teams each consist of a human handler and therapy dog. These teams offer exceptional healing services free of charge. Good Dog also advances research and promotes awareness about the benefits of the human-animal bond.

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