Central Point, OR – Throughout the month of September, Dogs for Better Lives (DBL) is celebrating National Service Dog Month (NSDM), with a number of outreach events and online activities across the country where the national nonprofit places Hearing, Autism and Facility Dogs to assist individuals with disabilities.
DBL is pleased to be partnering with Jimmy John’s Southern Oregon throughout the month, with their three local locations in Medford(2) and Grants Pass. Unfortunately, due to the recent spikes in COVID19 and the variant in Jackson and Josephine counties, in-person events at Medford’s Riverside and Grants Pass’ Williams Highway locations have been cancelled. In their place, postcards will be handed out to each customer, educating them about Assistance Dogs and the need for more volunteers to become puppy raisers and breeder caretakers.
“It’s an honor and privilege to once again be partnering with Dogs for Better Lives during National Service Dog Month,” stated co-owner Kela Meredith. “We’re excited to come alongside this great organization that impacts the lives of the recipients of these amazingly trained dogs, not just locally here in Southern Oregon but across the nation as well.”
DBL’s theme for 2021 is “Service with a Pawpose,” while celebrating dogs who help and serve humans. You can find Service Dogs not only assisting individuals, but placed in schools, skilled nursing facilities, courthouses, physical therapy practices, hospitals, among other locations. The goal in each setting remains the same – these working dogs help to support and increase independence for the people they assist.
Events throughout the month of September are being planned to raise general awareness, while also promoting the need for more volunteers to answer the call and support DBL’s critical programs, including a continuing need for breeder caretakers and puppy raisers.
“National Service Dog Month with all of its planned events, is a great way for us to expand visibility and promote the ongoing need for volunteers to answer our call,” stated CEO Bryan Williams. “We’re thrilled to be partnering once again with Kela and Jimmy John’s Southern Oregon and appreciate their continued support of our critical work.”
Regionally, Jimmy John’s (southern Oregon) and Subway (Portland) are supporting DBL during National Service Dog Month, promoting the need for future puppy raisers. In central Oregon, the Golf Tournament at Pronghorn Resort (Bend) will be hosting a charity event for DBL. In southern California, the Lake Arrowhead Brewery will host a Barks and Brews event, to benefit DBL. In Massachusetts, Bone Up Brewing Company (Everett) and Widowmaker Brewing (Braintree) are hosting Barks and Brews events, benefitting DBL.
To see a confirmed list of NSDM events being planned in September, you can visit here. If you are not near one of our planned events, please visit our website and/or follow us on Facebook/Instagram to learn more about how you can take action.