Buddy Up for COPE raises over $42,000

News release – COPE Service Dogs

It is a wrap for Buddy Up for COPE and the response has been fabulous from everyone!

COPE Service Dogs would like to thank overall Top Dog Sponsor, McDonald’s Canada. Local sponsors included Superior Tire and Auto-Barrie, Barrie Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Concept of Movement Physiotherapy, Global Pet Foods, Barrie & Innisfil. Our amazing local media partners included Rock 95, 107.5 Kool FM & Barrie 360.

Special shout out on the great local coverage from Rogers TV, The Barrie Advance, Barrie Today, CTV Barrie and of course Rock and Kool!

Buddy Up for COPE challenged participants from Barrie and Simcoe County to buddy up with
their favourite COPE dog and get moving, any way they want, to help raise much-needed funds for Canines in the Classroom happening in Innisfil and Barrie at Nantyr Shores Secondary School, Barrie North Collegiate Institute and Bear Creek Secondary School.

Money is still rolling in until the end of October, but COPE is thrilled to announce that overall, money raised from Buddy Up for COPE totals more than $42,000.

To the individual participants, and businesses who championed a COPE dog, thank you so much
for your support, and remember, everything is always better with a buddy!

About COPE Service Dogs

COPE Service Dogs is a local charity that breeds, trains and places service dogs with people with physical disabilities and at facilities (i.e., hospices, child & youth child advocacy centres, schools for children with disabilities).

Each puppy receives two years of intensive training where they learn over ninety different commands to support the people they will serve.

What makes COPE Service Dogs training method unique and innovative is that for the first year of their training, each dog is placed with several high school students who are at risk of not finishing high school.

Canines in the Classroom gives students who are marginalized, have learning disabilities or may experience bullying, depression or anxiety, an opportunity to gain experience in how to train service dogs and therapy dogs.

The non-judgmental canines contribute to the student’s self-confidence, and as a result, the students overcome much of the anxiety and stress that can negatively impact their schoolwork, social lives, and academic success.

Find out more at http://www.copedogs.org/.

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