In Our Community

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The Exceptional Sidekick began as a way to help Newtown and our teens and young adults that are struggling with a psychiatric disability. It has grown into something so much more than that. Between our Service Dog at the Sandy Hook School to one of our dogs that is helping his handler attend Clarkson University, we have found that each dog has touched countless lives. They are local celebrities and many have shared something special with a dog or two in the program. They have learned about the jobs that Psychiatric Service Dogs can do and the etiquette when you see a dog in public. We look forward to continuing our mission in Newtown and now also share this exceptional program with other communities within Connecticut. With one in four people suffering from a psychiatric disability we have a lot of work to do to break the stigma and get people the help that they need.

View the gallery below to see more pictures of our dogs out in the community!