In September, we celebrated National Service Dog Month with multiple outreach events and educational initiatives. This year’s National Service Dog Month was a great opportunity to connect with people all over the country about our favorite topic – Service Dogs.
Our Regional Advisory Boards planned and hosted outreach events, including “Barks and Brews” in Seattle, San Francisco, southern Oregon, and California. These gatherings provided opportunities for people to come together, enjoy some beverages, and learn more about Service Dogs. We also shared ways people can get involved with Dogs for Better Lives.
Thank you to the following businesses for hosting us: Barking Dog Alehouse (Seattle), Black Hammer Brewery (San Francisco), Clyde’s Corner (Phoenix, OR), and Lake Arrowhead Brewing Company (Lake Arrowhead, CA), and the Acushnet Grange (Acushnet, MA).
Online, we hosted a free webinar, Service Dogs 101, where we discussed topics like how to interact with a Service Dog and their handler, and the protected rights of Service Animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There was a wealth of information shared, and we fielded some great questions from the community.
We also took our educational efforts to social media through a fun “myth or fact” campaign where we debunked myths and answered common questions about Service Dogs and the people they serve.
Thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to plan and put on great events – we couldn’t have done it without you!