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OSH community unites for service dog’s graduation

Friday, May 10, 2019

​On May 5, 2019, Oregon State Hospital patients and staff attended the Joys of Living Assistance Dogs (JLAD) graduation ceremony at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center in Salem.

Roy, the service dog trained at OSH, graduated alongside several owner-trained service dogs and service dogs trained by inmates at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and Shutter Creek Correctional Institution. About 50 people attended the event.

After the ceremony, one OSH patient reflected, “It’s amazing to be a part of such a large program – I was impressed that there are so many people involved in getting these service dogs to the people who need them.”

Seeing Roy with his new owner, one OSH patient said, “I can tell that Roy’s new person will love him as much as we did. … Roy will always be the first dog I’ve trained – he’s part of my story, forever.”

The training is made possible through a partnership between the hospital’s Vocational & Educational Services Department (VESD) and Joys of Living Assistance Dogs (JLAD), a Salem-based nonprofit organization that matches dogs with people who have disabilities.

For more information about the OSH Service Dog Training Program, contact Tom Anhalt, VESD director, at 503-945-9978; or Doug Anderson, VESD program coordinator, at 503-947-2858.


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