Charlotte’s Litter Walk

Charlotte’s Litter Walk

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)



  1. A therapy dog volunteer 9 years ago

    Wish we could have been there but our therapy organization does not allow us to appear as therapy dog/handler pairs at fund raising events. Good luck!

  2. Nancy Merritt Carlson 9 years ago

    This event was a special way to bring the therapy dogs and the families together. I got to meet the wonderful dogs that helped my granddaughter get through some tough days at school. Thank you to the dogs And their handlers .

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