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Long Island Dog Named Finalist in Hallmark Hero Dog Awards


Bilingual Chocolate Lab and Trainer Help Homeless Children and Adults Who Have Special Needs

Long Island, New York (March 20, 2019) – Hallmark named a dog from Long Island as one of its American Humane Hero Dog Award Nominees in the Therapy Dog Category. According to the award website, “The American Humane Hero Dog Awards are an annual campaign that recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash.”

Molly is a chocolate lab from Nassau County. She and her trainer Guillermo (Memo) Roa are both bilingual. This important skill helps them connect with homeless children in shelters. “So many of these homeless kids feel isolated and alone. When they realize that Molly understands them, they light up in a way that absolutely warms your heart,” said Memo.

The pair also provides therapy services for adults who have special needs at multiple YAI agency locations. “To see them help people open up and feel joy is just the best feeling,” said June Bleich. June and her husband Eric are Molly’s guardians.

As a puppy, Molly demonstrated exceptional people skills and learning abilities. Memo helped take those skills to an incredible level. He boasts many high-level dog training credentials including American Kennel Club (AKC) Tester Certification and Animal Behavior College (ABC) Trainer Certification.

“This recognition for Molly is just as much a recognition for Memo,” said June. “I’m just thrilled that this amazing team is being recognized for all they do to help people in the community.”

Vote for Molly
Hallmark’s round one voting begins today. You can vote for Molly here.

Winners will travel to Hollywood for an awards gala this fall which will be broadcast on Hallmark Channel.

Panel Discussion
Molly and Memo will participate in a panel discussion about therapy services this Friday at the Covenant House headquarters at 5 Penn Plaza in Manhattan. The presentation is from 9:45pm to 10:45pm.

About Molly and Memo
Molly and Memo are a therapy team of love certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. They provide therapy services to children in homeless shelters and to adults who have special needs. You can learn more at


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