The K-9 For Kids program was established in 2001. Lisa Gallo of Brooklyn, New York lost her brother in the South WTC Tower. She was coming to St. Paul's church on Broadway. The church is the closest point to Ground Zero. The fence around the church had thousands of pictures posted by victim families looking for relatives, family, friends and co-workers. Nikie was laying on the sidewalk getting ready to have protective boots put on his paws. Lisa, a teacher at PS 132 in Brooklyn, knelt down and spent personal moments with Nikie. A few weeks later she sent a letter asking if he would come visit her children in the school. It was a wonderful and uplifting day for the children and Nikie. He was invited to public schools in all five boroughs of New York City. Over several months Nikie visited over 4,000 children and the program grew and became recognized throughout the United States.
Special K-9 for Kids pins were designed and given out to children affected by disasters. There is no membership requirement or cost for children to become members ~ they are asked help others in need and do just one special thing to make the world a better place. Over the past 10 years, thousands of children across the United States and many countries are reaching out to help others. The proverb of K-9 for Kids is "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." Thanks to these children - the world is a brighter place.
K-9 Disaster Relief does workshops and programs, "Disasters in the Lives of Children" ~ go to "Courses & Workshops"
Lisa Gallo with her students and Nikie
PS 132 in Brooklyn, NY