The City of Sterling Heights is partnering with DC3S and the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors (GPBR) in launching an effort to raise $25,000 to sponsor a service dog that will be gifted to a Michigan veteran or first responder. The dog, named "Sterling," will be ready for pairing in 2019.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is a 501(C)3 that trains medical service dogs to mitigate the challenges associated with several disabilities, including: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure disorders, glucose imbalance, mobility issues and more. Guardian Angels has paired more than 200 individually trained medical service dogs with deserving recipients since their beginning in 2010. Guardian Angels does not charge the recipient for their service dog.
Any individual or business is encouraged to donate to the effort to fund Sterling, and donation amounts can start as low as $5. The GPBR has purchased commemorative pins to give to any donor that gives more than $25 toward Sterling. All donors that choose to share their name will be recognized by the three organizations at events and in promotion throughout the year.
The City of Sterling Heights has long supported veterans and active military through events such as its Memorial Day Parade, Veterans Day Ceremony, sending care packages through the Senior Center and more. Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski said this charitable opportunity falls perfectly in line with the City's mission to honor and assist those who serve.
Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor said he and the City Council are proud to support the partnership to sponsor Sterling for a veteran. Taylor said the City is ramping up efforts in 2019 in hopes the community can come together to get Sterling fully funded this year.
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