Perrysburg business helps school district get another facility dog

PERRYSBURG — Clean Juice in Levis Commons will host Taft, the Perrysburg High School Facility Dog, and his handlers for a meet and greet.

The community is invited to come learn more about facility dogs, enter drawings for special prizes, partake in samples and support the growth of the initiative. The event is June 24 from noon-2 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m. there will be a announcement and gift presentation from Clean Juice and their Quarters for Kids campaign, which will make it possible to add a facility dog this fall, Kincaid, at Hull Prairie Intermediate School.

Facility dogs have been part of Perrysburg High School since 2019. They are specially trained to provide physical, social, cognitive and/or emotional assistance to individuals in schools/classrooms as well as in other public settings.

The program has grown to also include Salts, a facility dog at Perrysburg Junior High School. The program is funded through donations to the Perrysburg Schools Foundation and in-kind support of Perrysburg Animal Hospital and Plontzie’s Pet Grooming.

“We really can’t thank Clean Juice enough for their investment in the growth of the facility dog program at Perrysburg Schools,” said Jeff Abke, director of development for Perrysburg Schools. “We know that students learn better when they have positive connections and outlets to deal with the stress and complexities of the world. This program, which has been established in a few of our schools already, has produced so many positive outcomes that the goal of eventually funding facility dogs in each of the schools is a priority. It wouldn’t happen without gifts like this from Clean Juice and continued community support.”

To learn more about facility dogs at Perrysburg Schools, please visit or contact the Perrysburg Schools Foundation at 419-874-9131, ext. 2274, or [email protected].