UK Student Group Competing For $25,000 Grant

Apr 19, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A University of Kentucky student organization that helps train animals to work with special needs clients has been chosen as one of 200 finalists in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program.    Wildcat Service Dogs is in line to receive up to $25,000 if it makes the final cut.  

“We obtain the dogs from usually breeders when they’re around 8 to 12 weeks old and then we keep them for 12 to 18 months and we are responsible for doing the majority of their basic obedience commands, extensive socialization of the dogs and then, upon graduation from our program we donate them to a non-profit organization that will finish the advanced training of the dogs and place them with a disabled person," said group founder and coordinator Katie Skarvan.

The 200 organizations have been placed in an online poll which will run until Monday, April 22nd.  The top 40 vote-getters will each receive a $25,000 grant.