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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Camp Bow Wow’s Scout’s Angels Return to Newtown

Jan 30, 2014 06:34PM

Camp Bow Wow’s Scout’s Angels program supports communities in times of need by providing a healing outlet through dogs. Scout’s Angels was launched as a new philanthropic endeavor 2 years ago by the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. The inaugural project, lending support to Newtown, CT following the Sandy Hook tragedy, sent therapy dogs to people who needed comfort and smiles in the community. The team made its first week-long trip in August 2013 with Cashew, a Labrador Retriever, and Nutmeg, a Whippet mix, to do public library book readings, senior center visits, a Yappy Hour with first responders and more.

 

In December 2013, the canine care team made its second trip to Newtown, CT to support Sandy Hook Promise and its volunteers durring the one-year anniversary of the tragic incident that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School. During their trip, the team and dogs visited the Newtown Youth Academy, the local police department and various other places throughout the community. The team also performed a book reading at the public library.

 

  The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, in partnership with Camp Bow Wow in Greenville, South Carolina rescued two shelter dogs to train them to become certified therapy dogs. One of these dogs was gifted to a Newtown community member on the anniversary trip to become a permanent, daily part of Newtown’s community healing process. The foundation is working in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise to place the other dog with another community member as well.

 

For more information on Camp Bow Wow, visit CampBowWow.com. To donate to the Scout’s Angels Initiative so they can bring the team to other national locations following a tragedy, visit ScoutsAngels.org. See ad, page 61.