NH Nonprofit helping with expenses for assistance dogs looking for clients
The founder of a Dover nonprofit that helps people pay for expenses associated with caring for service dogs says he takes requests from clients.
Brendan Madden filed the New Hampshire Coalition for the Support of Service Dogs with the Internal Revenue Service as 501 (c) (3) in 2018 and says he’s now starting fundraising again.
Madden’s mission isn’t to connect people with new service dogs.
“I formed this organization to help people with service dogs that already exist,” Madden said. “I used to have my own service dog.
Madden explained that he started working with his service dog, Japhy, in 2005. There were a number of unforeseen expenses, especially as the golden retriever got older.
Japhy lived until the age of 16. Vet bills, monthly flea and tick treatments, heartworm pills and proper grooming all added up, Madden said.
But Japhy had a job to do and was very helpful to Madden.
You can see the video of Japhy opening the fridge to retrieve Madden’s lunch in the video below:
After Japhy passed away about three years ago, Madden created the NHCSSD logo in his honor and there are photos of him and Madden together on their website, which you can view by clicking here.
In order to qualify as a client of the New Hampshire Coalition for the Support of Service Dogs, the dog owner must live in Dover, Somersworth or Rochester or receive services from Broadview Animal Hospital in Dover, Rochester or Milton.
People who use Village Veterinary Care in Rollinsford are also eligible, according to the online application.
Madden said he plans to organize giveaways for his clients.
“I would like to give a giveaway about every month, so the more money I raise, the more opportunities there will be,” Madden said.
September is National Assistance Dog Month.
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