FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2016
Hope Heels Service Dogs
K-911 – Who rescues our first responders?
Hope Heels Service Dog Zakk getting ready for graduation day
Edmonton, Alberta: When we are in trouble, we call 911. But who is there to rescue to the first responders when they need help? Hope Heels Service Dog Zakk is getting ready to answer the call.
Zakk is the first official service dog to graduate from Hope Heels Service Dogs. When he graduates in the fall, he will be tasked with helping an Alberta first responder with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
First responders have a rate of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder twice that of the general population. Trained Service Dogs can be a lifeline to those in need.
Puppy raiser and Trainer Coordinator Renee Pollon has been working with Zakk during his training. “He just loves to help. When he knows he’s doing a good job and helping his person, he just lights up.” Kristine Aanderson, Board Chair adds, “It’s amazing to see Zakk getting ready to graduate. And now as we get ready for new puppies, it’s time to find more puppy raisers, trainers and donations so we can keep doing this great work.”
Zakk has been trained to:
With graduation on the horizon, Zakk can’t wait to become a lifeline for his first responder.
About Hope Heels Service Dogs: Hope Heels Service Dogs is an Edmonton based service dog school entirely run by volunteers. With the help of talented puppy raisers, they raise and train service dogs for different types of disabilities including first responders/military vets with PTSD. www.HopeHeels.com
High resolutions photos of Zakk and interviews with Hope Heels volunteers are available promptly upon request to Info@HopeHeels.com
*The identity of the first responder is being respectfully withheld by request*