2014-08-28 / Lifestyles

Best friends for life

Area resident receives Martin, a service dog


Megan Demers is shown recently with her new service dog, Martin, who is trained to alert Demers of impending seizures. Demers received the dog from Service Dogs for America. Megan Demers is shown recently with her new service dog, Martin, who is trained to alert Demers of impending seizures. Demers received the dog from Service Dogs for America. MANISTIQUE – A Manistique resident recently received a service dog courtesy Service Dogs for America.

Megan Demers and her family arrived on Service Dogs for America’s campus, located in Jud, N.D. on Aug. 3. The threeweek training started with the introduction of Emergency Medical Response service dogs.

After several days of training with different EMR service dogs, Martin picked Demers to be his life partner. Within the first week on campus, Martin had alerted Demers for the onset of a seizure.

Service Dogs for America is located 32 miles south of Jamestown. They began training service dogs 25 years ago.

Ed Duden donated the land where the campus is located. The Lions, as well as many individuals, have made it possible for the organization to thrive.

Emergency medical response dogs provide appropriate alerting behavior, most commonly for seizures and diabetes. They also train dogs for wounded warriors- PTSD and injured vets of war, mobility- those using a wheelchair, MD, MS, epilepsy, autism and therapeutic. It takes two years to train a working service dog for a specialized client and the cost to the non-profit is over $20,000.

SDA’s mission is to assist an individual by the use of a trained service dog without excessive financial burden.

The focus of the program is human service; the beneficiaries are the individuals receiving a service dog. For anyone interested in sponsoring a service dog or providing an individual with a scholarship, these donations could have a naming opportunity and tax benefits as well.

The Demers family will be fundraising in the near future to help cover the cost of Megan’s service dog.

For more information, contact: Shelley@servicedogsforamerica.orgOr visit the organization’s website at www.servicedogsforamerica.org.

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