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Putnam Service Dogs Launches Campaign to Fund New Home

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Nancy Teague, founder and CEO of Putnam Service Dogs, with service dog, Amy Credits: Putnam Service Dogs
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CARMEL, N.Y.-Putnam Service Dogs Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, has launched a capital campaign to purchase a site for its home.

The organization will need a minimum of a 1-acre site in Putnam County to accommodate the multiple functions of the center— kennels for the dogs in training, training areas, office space, board room, dorm rooms for the recipients when they’re learning to work with their service dog, a caretaker’s apartment, kitchen and dining facility, gift shop and reception area, and outdoor areas to exercise the dogs.

The purchase price of the site is projected to be $1 million. It will be purchased by 2019 with applications for the various approvals needed for construction beginning after the purchase. Site preparation work will begin as soon as possible, as allowed by approvals and funds. The center will be built in stages, with the training areas and kennels in the first phase. Site preparation and the initial phase of construction are projected to be $3.5 million.

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Suggested donation amounts are: $100 for 1 square foot; $225 for 1.5 square feet; $400 for 2 square feet; $625 for 2.5 square feet; and $900 for 3 square feet.

All donors will receive a Putnam Service Dogs car magnet. Naming opportunities are available starting at $10,000.

To kick off the capital campaign, an anonymous donor will match all donations up to $100,000 received by Dec. 1. Donors can donate on Putnam Service Dogs’ website, putnamservicedogs.org, using credit cards or a PayPal account, or can mail checks to Putnam Service Dogs at PO Box 573, Brewster, NY 10509. PayPal offers an easy to set up monthly payment option.

Putnam Service Dogs provides free, highly trained service dogs and follow up support services to those with physical disabilities other than blindness. Putnam Service Dogs is based in Putnam County and just celebrated the completion of its first fiscal year in October.

To learn more about Putnam Service Dogs, visit the website at putnamservicedogs.org, or call 917-449-5359.

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