Updated: Jun 17, 2021
Are you able to pack your lunch or brew coffee at home for a day or week and help bring this valuable resource to Norfolk? ALL donations will help, even the smallest contribution goes a long way.
A community resource dog (CRD) will be a valuable addition to our community. The dog would be assigned to Norfolk School Resource Officer Joe Choiniere to be utilized within Norfolk Public Schools and the community. The CRD will help Norfolk Police de-escalate situations involving youth and adults who have mental health issues, anxiety, depression, substance abuse or in crisis.
These specialized trained dogs come from Golden Opportunities for Independence (GOFI) located in Walpole. The initial cost of the dog is around $20,000.
The Norfolk District Attorney's Office has already pledged $5000 to Norfolk's community resource dog program & the Norfolk Lions have pledged $2500. Many in the community have already donated but we can not do this without you!
Donations to the Norfolk Lions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The Norfolk Lions Club is recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization.
All funds not used for the initial purchase and training of the CRD will be used towards the continual care costs of the dog, such as food and veterinarian appointments.