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SPCA To Join Firefighters & First Responders To Unveil LI’s First Grief Therapy Dog For Those Coping With Death


Grief Therapy Dog To Comfort Long Island Families Mourning with Tragic Death and Loss

SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK (September 18, 2018) – Suffolk County SPCA will join local firefighters, first responders, and emergency service personnel to unveil Long Island’s first grief therapy dog for those coping with death and tragic loss. Kota, a black Labrador retriever rescue has been trained to comfort the bereaving families dealing with depression, shock, despair, and other emotional effects of death. 

Kota, the certified therapy dog, will be providing emotional assistance to individuals who have suffered tragic loss and death of a loved one or family member. Therapy dogs can reduce stress for individuals of all ages, to offset the effects of distress, anxiety, and, of those coping with death. Firefighters, Emergency Services Personnel, and first responders have utilized therapy dogs in the wake of the World Trade Center Attack.

Maloney’s Funeral Home in Smithtown is the first funeral home on Long Island to house a certified therapy dog to help families cope with loss. Kota will be unveiled on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 11:30 AM at Maloney’s Funeral Home. Canine responders from September 11, 2001, who worked on the pile will be on hand to discuss the positive effects of therapy dogs. First Responders and firefighters, who have long utilized therapy dogs as a means of comfort, will be on hand to share their stores of how dogs have helped them through high stress and anxious times of loss. 


Maloney’s Funeral Home

840 Wheeler Road

Hauppauge, New York


Wednesday, September 19, 2018


For more details call (631) 374-7181

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The Suffolk County SPCA, established in 1984, is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization and the voice for animals in Suffolk County.  We are not affiliated with, a subdivision of the ASPCA, or funded by any other local, state or national humane organization.  The Suffolk County SPCA is entirely funded by charitable donations. Please help us to provide a better life for pets and other animals in Suffolk County. 


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