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judges 2011


Entry Category Emerging Hero Dogs
Charity Partner Pine Street Foundation (Canine Cancer Detection)
Location Vernon, Connecticut


Gizmo (www.facebook.com/GizmosFrens) is a therapy dog with Paws For Friendship, Inc., and we are grateful to share his love at Eastern CT Health Network Hospitals, a large urban high school, Spectrum Care facilities, Manchester Dialysis Center, The Village at Buckland Court assisted living, Camp Rotary and others. He is also a member of PFF's Paws to Read program and visits Hartford Public Library twice a month. He has traveled throughout CT and beyond in his work, and as far as Wisconsin, where he met Horizons4Girls, a mentoring program who asked if Gizmo would help them deliver holiday treats to the elderly.

Gizmo helps support a number of causes by raising awareness and funds for charities. To-date these causes include pet rescues, food pantries, children's charities and cancer research. His Friend of Gizmo Scholarship was awarded to a high school Senior based on exemplary service to community.

In addition, Richard and Gizmo's SaFur Frens CT is a fund set up to pay it forward to public safety units across the state through Animal Rescue Fund after Richard (a cat) was saved by an ACO who posted him on social media.

He does educational programs for various groups, from antibullying (he appears in an antibullying music video), to how to be helpers in our communities, to animal care and safety. He also makes appearances to support others working toward the greater good. Gizmo's motto is "Cuz we're frens!" and that is precisely why he does what he does.

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