From shelter dog to hero dog: this Putnam Service Dog changed a local boy's life


Putnam Service Dogs placed Cary, a Hearing Alert dog, with Jake in January 2021. Cary immediately understood that he was Jake’s second set of ears, and was there to help Jake navigate through his world safely. The two were immediately inseparable; best friends. Cary changed Jake’s world. Jake’s virtual school success performance improved, and his life opened up. With Cary by his side, Jake developed more confidence to venture out and pursue activities independently.

This summer, Jake’s parents commissioned an artist to make an exquisite charcoal portrait of Cary. They had it beautifully framed. When Jake opened his Christmas gift, he cried when he saw it. Cary’s portrait now proudly hangs in the family’s living room.

Putnam Service Dogs change lives - the recipient’s, their family’s, and the lives of the carefully selected dogs adopted from rescue groups. Cary was adopted from North Shore Animal League America.

Producing a Putnam Service Dog is like producing an Olympic Athlete; the skills the dog needs are extensive. Many hours of training, the right physical attributes, and the right temperament are all required. A service dog is a rare and valuable dog. Putnam Service Dogs provides their dogs, and trains the matched recipient on how to work effectively with their dog, for free.

Putnam Service Dogs is a 501(c) 3, Platinum Guidestar and BBB Accredited Organization. They adopt carefully selected mixed breed rescues to train as their service dogs for people with physical disabilities other than blindness.

Putnam Service Dogs is currently seeking volunteer puppy raisers. For information, please call 917-449-5359.

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