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Keith was 18-months old when he was diagnosed with mental retardation. Now he is an adult. The nonprofit Jewish Association for Community Living greatly reduced stress on the family and expanded Keith’s opportunities by offering a group home situation nearby. Keith now performs kitchen work at Double Tree Hotel. He meets new people and has made close friends. He won three gold medals at the 1989 International Special Olympics. He participates in basketball, skiing, swimming, and bowling.

Jewish Association for Community Living provides group home living for people with mental retardation that allows them to stay closer to home. Without this nonprofit organization, people like Keith would have to go to a group home much farther away.

Target: Animal Trade Journal in Connecticut (or Southington weekly publication)

Feature Story: CT Save-A-Pup organization and Southington residents Barbara Carlson and dog Luther take the spotlight in statewide, “Face of Nonprofits,” educational awareness campaign sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CAN).

Barbara Carlson & Luther CT Save-A-Pup, Southington

“Dogs give unconditional love the whole time we have them. Without this program, Luther would have been destroyed.”

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    Barbara Carlson with Luther, Southington

Barbara works for Connecticut Canine and volunteers at Connecticut Save-A-Pup. Luther was found on the streets of Hartford, thin and sick with a bad kennel cough. Without Connecticut Save-A-Pup, a nonprofit program, Luther would have been destroyed. Animal adoption programs are often reluctant to accept a Great Dane/Rottweiler like Luther, but every dog gets a chance with Connecticut Save-A-Pup and according to Barbara, Luther was fabulous. So fabulous, in fact, Barbara adopted him.

Connecticut Save-A-Pup was founded in 1991 as a stopgap to prevent dogs from being destroyed immediately after the eight days they are kept at the Connecticut Canine Association if they have not been adopted. The nonprofit program has saved 20-40 dogs each year. Adopting families can take advantage of a 7-week training course to help ease the transition of having a new dog in their home. Save-A-Pup also holds play dates on Saturdays where anyone can bring their dog in to play with other adopted pups.

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits Advocacy/Lobbying Toolkit Create Date: 3/31/2003 3:33 PM

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