In Winchester, 4 to receive service dogs in ECAD graduation ceremony

ECAD service dog Promise, one of the dogs who will likely be assigned to one of the graduates of the ECAD training program.

WINCHESTER — Four people, from age 21 to 72, with a range of disabilities will graduate with their own service dog after completing ECAD’s two week Team Training session.

During this two week period, each client will be paired with a fully trained Service Dog who best meets his or her needs. ECAD trains each of their Service Dogs for over 1,500 hours and each canine responds to over 80 commands.

Participating in this session is Brian Greenleaf, a veteran of the Vietnam era, and a resident of Enfield. Greenleaf has MS and PTSD. He will be graduating from ECAD’s Project HEAL Program, which is designed specifically for Veterans of the Armed Services.

The other three clients, all female, come from Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Each of them has a disability that affects their mobility and balance.

Each of the four participants will be paired with a Service Dog whose assistance will give them a life of more independence and stability.

The ceremony takes place at ECAD Canine Education and Wellness Center, 149 Newfield Road, Winchester on Wedesday, August 14, at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Refreshments will be served following the conclusion.

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