The First Congregational Church of Holliston will be hosting the 1728 Coffee House on January 11, 2014 to raise funds for BASK, a non-profit training facility for balance dogs. BASK is a 501c3 non-profit service dog foundation that provides and supports specially trained assistance dogs to enhance mobility and independence through canine partnerships.
Founder Christina Rossetti initially created BASK after noticing that there was a lack of quality training facilities for dogs to assist with balance and stability. Although there are increasing numbers of companion dogs for people with specific needs, many people need dogs to help them walk, retrieve dropped items, get in and out of chairs, etc. The few foundations that provide balance dogs operate on a campus, which can lead to issues once the dogs are matched to a home. According to Rossetti, balance dogs should be trained in the home of a client. This way, the dogs can train according to layout of the home, and specific needs and physical limitations of the client.
Only a year old. K-9 BASK is run by volunteers. Each dog trained costs $2,000, and can be sponsored through the organization’s website, www.bask9.org. Besides funds to cover expenses, Rossetti is looking for a volunteer veterinarian, as well as homes to provide puppy respite on weekends. More information on becoming involved with K9 BASK can be found on the website, along with pictures of the puppies in training. There will also be information about getting involved at the 1728 Coffee House
The 1728 Coffee House will feature Martha Gallagher, harper, singer, and actress, on January 11, 2014. Doors open at 7 PM. The 1728 Coffee House is located at The First Congregational Church, 725 Washington Street, Holliston and is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Linda at 508-429-2321.