WAXHAW, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Project 2 Heal is getting results for Waxhaw in a special way.
The non-profit organization breeds Labradors and donates them to service organizations to be trained as service dogs.
Charlie Petrizzo and wife, Sandy, founded Project 2 Heal after Sandy’s mom and Charlie’s father passed away in a short time frame. While coping with their losses, they asked themselves, “What can we do to serve others in need?”
They recognized how beneficial service animals are for themselves and others and noticed a need for an organization like this in their neighborhood.
8-year-old Ethan Rowe is in need of a diabetic alert dog after his first service dog passed away in a house fire.
“He had received it for a couple of months and we had a house fire and he perished in the fire along with a couple of our pets and most everything else we had at that time,” according to Charlotte Rowe, Ethan’s mom.
When Project 2 Heal heard the need, they decided to donate one of their pups to Ethan. He’s been visiting a litter of puppies since the spring. He enjoys playing with them.
“They’re good dogs! I've seen every week how they've grown. I've seen how much they weigh and who's reacted to what. I've played with them before!” said Ethan.
In addition to playing, the dogs have been picking up on his low blood sugar scent in order to help during a crisis.
Service dogs can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but the bond between these kids and their furry friends is priceless. Charlotte is incredibly grateful to the organization for being there for Ethan.
“To have that comfort, to have a dog there to help know his blood sugar and to know that he has someone there for him when I'm not or someone else isn't there. is an incredible gift.”
If you would like to donate or volunteer with Project 2 Heal, visit http://www.project2heal.org/