Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Assistance Dog Program at the Moore-Leland Library


Reverend Cynthia Crosson will present a program about Canines for Combat Veterans at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange. Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans (NEADS) of Princeton, MA provides assistance dogs for disabled veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assistance dogs help amputees stay balanced on prosthetics, help those in wheelchairs with tasks, retrieve and carry objects, press buttons and open doors, turn lights on, and provide social interaction. The dogs receive extensive training in a foster home or prison before being placed with a vet for final training. The prisoners are able to train dogs about twice as fast as foster families. Cynthia will show a movie about the prison dog training program. Her ministry/ therapy dog, Dandi, will also be making an appearance.

NEADS depends on fundraising to support Canines for Combat Vets. Moore-Leland Library Summer Reading Club members have been reading to earn donations to NEADS. The Friends of the Orange Public Libraries have pledged to donate 25 cents for each book that members read. The donation will be presented at the program.


The program is free and open to the public. Moore-Leland Library is fully handicapped accessible. For directions to Moore-Leland, see www.orangelib.org or call 978-544-2495 or 978-575-0444. For more information about Canines for Combat Vets see www.neads.org

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