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November 4th, 2013

Charlotte’s Litter Walk

Headshot: Joel Bacon
Joel Bacon

Charlotte's LitterOn Saturday, 11/2/13, we gathered with family, friends, and our 4-legged furry companions to officially announce the 2014 launch of our newest program, Charlotte’s Litter.  Registrants paired up with our volunteer Therapy and Comfort Dogs to walk and raise funds in support of this multi-faceted initiative.  The excitement was in the air and all of the positive energy was inspired by Charlotte and her love for dogs.

The day was anchored by a beautiful speech from Charlotte’s mother, JoAnn Bacon.  The Newtown Kindness volunteers continue to work tirelessly to be change agents in areas of compassion and comfort.  David and Cherilyn Frei, with Angel on a Leash, were available to discuss all of the amazing animal therapy experiences that they have been involved in.  State Senator Dante Bartolomeo and State Representative Diana Urban also came to speak on behalf of their fantastic work involving House Bill 6465 to support animal therapy.

Most importantly, you could see the creation of new relationships between people and dogs throughout the day.   Watching the children, with their anxious excitement to learn which dog they would be partnered with, was really enjoyable.  The Charlotte’s Litter First Annual Walkathon was simply the beginning of many successes to come as we work to develop and nurture these wonderful, loving relationships between humans and dogs!

Thank you to our many donors and sponsors such as: Blue Buffalo, Subway, BIC, Praxair, Mechanic Group, Michael’s II Café, Cerulean Studios, Convey, Lax and Truax LLC, Big Y, Julian Enterprises, Robert J Patrignelli MD, and many more!

Charlotte’s Litter efforts will include:

    • Advocating for animal assisted activity with Therapy/Comfort dogs by enhancing their influential roles as supportive friends and trusted companions to every man, woman, and child.
    • Bring hope, comfort, and friendship to all individuals, achieved when a special bond is formed between humans and dogs.
    • Honor Charlotte Bacon and her passion for dogs.
    • Share the ‘Newtown story’ and recognize the great comfort received through Therapy/Comfort Dogs during our grief and trauma.
    • The program will promote the benefits through key areas including:
      • Education and Literacy programs
      • Social interactions and kindness inspiration
      • Direct K9 team support (readiness and preparedness)


Headshot: Joel Bacon

Joel Bacon

Joel is the father of two children, Guy and Charlotte, and husband to JoAnn. Joel is a Sr. Project Manager in Development & Engineering for ASML based in Wilton, CT. Education: PhD in Physics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Gordon University. In his spare time, Joel enjoys trail running, hiking, and gardening. Joel’s favorite things to do with both Charlotte and Guy were attending family classes at Tae Kwon Do and working on small engineering projects around the house.