4 amazing service dogs graduate from The Roverchase Foundation program

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They’re here to enhance the quality of life! Photo via The Roverchase Foundation

We’ve got the news you need to brighten your day. The Roverchase Foundation recently hosted a Graduation Gala for five service canines. Keep reading to learn how this organization has positively changed the lives of four individuals with disabilities.

The Roverchase Foundation

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The Graduates are trained by the only certified canine behavior consultant in Alabama, Abigail Witthauer. Photo via The Roverchase Foundation

The Roverchase Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to providing financial support for those in need of a professionally trained service dog. Roverchase’s professionally trained service dogs are able to perform tasks for various needs including:

  • Picking up dropped items
  • Opening doors
  • Responding to medical crises
  • Alerting individuals hard of hearing
  • Helping with daily tasks
  • Retrieving medication

The organization wants to place 15 service dogs with handlers each year and reach a point of stability where no one in need will be turned away due to financial issues. It takes $30,000-$40,000 to raise and train a service dog.

A great service

The Graduation Gala honored the Roverchase Service Dog Programs Class of 2021. Now let’s get into the fun (and cute) part: the service dog graduates. The graduating class includes Dewflower, Dill, Duck and Cahaba. The recipients are:

Christian Denton — a 12-year-old suffering from Kabuki Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes growth delays and low muscle tone, preventing him from walking on his own.

MK Waddell — a 20-year-old woman from Birmingham diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (HEDS), a connective tissue disorder. Her condition forced her to withdraw from school and resign from her job.

Rhett McBride — a Chelsea native who suffers from epileptic seizures. His seizures interrupt his everyday life, from school work to his favorite sport of baseball.

Ezra Brown — a 26-year-old with depression, anxiety and Cerebral Palsy. These conditions severely affect Brown’s mobility and cause a substantial reduction in fine motor skills.

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A hero comes in all forms. Photo via The Roverchase Foundation

Each recipient hopes that with the help of a Roverchase Service dog, they can gain a new sense of independence and physical support. In addition, the Roverchase Foundation gives individuals with disabilities a new form of happiness with their helpful companion.

Has The Roverchase Foundation and their trained service dogs had an impact on your life? Tag them @theroverchasefoundation and let them know.

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