ONTARIO – At a cost of $30,000 to train a service dog for a child, many families needing the service go without. Dog owners and others gathered June 24 at Lions Park in Ontario to help out a few of those families.
The inaugural Bark In the Park featured a canine obstacle course, grooming techniques and testimonies from those with service dogs along with vendors of pet supplies and services.
“We are a new non-profit supplying service dogs in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California,” said John Butcher, president of Service Dogs for Children with Disabilities Corp. “There is a high need for service dogs and just not that many available due to the cost of training. Right now, the waiting list for a service dog is large.”
Butcher has numerous success stories of how a dog can play a large difference in a child’s . . .