Heroes In Transition (HIT) is inviting the public to meet its new therapy dog, Kimber, at this Friday’s Heroes In The Park event which will honor our country’s military prior to the Cotuit Kettleers home game against the Harwich Mariners.
“We’re excited to offer the public, especially veterans, a chance to interact with Kimber and discover how dogs can benefit those who have served our country,” said HIT Executive Director Nicole Spencer. “Through our Canine Co-Pilot Program, we’re able to support our military as they make the transition to civilian life.”
Managed by Katelynne Steinke of Falmouth, HIT’s Canine Co-Pilot Program is a three-tiered program that provides service dogs from Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accredited schools; therapy dogs through the Companion Animal Program (CAP) of Cape Cod; and prescribed pets that provide a comforting and calming presence at home.
A five-year-old mixed breed from Cozumel, Mexico, Kimber recently graduated from the 12-week CAP training which teaches dogs how to be comfortable and confident in situations they will find themselves in during visits to nursing and healthcare facilities; programs serving children and adults with disabilities; Cape Cod Community College; libraries; public schools on Cape Cod; and other public events.
Along with this Friday’s Heroes In The Park event, which takes place from 4-5 pm, Kimber will be attending a variety of HIT events throughout the year.
“We want to utilize Kimber as a tool to teach people about HIT’s dog program and the different levels of dogs we offer,” Katelynne said. “He’s a great representation of the support we can provide veterans who may need a full-service, therapy, or companion dog.”
Kimber will split his time between attending HIT functions and supporting CAP which provides dog visits to nearly 30 locations throughout Cape Cod.
To learn about our Canine Co-Pilot Program, click this link or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.