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Free dogs, 26 acts of kindness honoring Connecticut school victims

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     The owner of the Tuscaloosa K-9 Camp is showing '26 Acts of Kindness' in a big way.  The campaign was started to honor the 26 school shooting victims in Connecticut.

      Heather 'Red'litz is trying to return a kind favor.  Her facility was destroyed by a tornado in 2011. "We were down to a patch of dirt. We lost 22 dogs. It was epic devastation and solely by acts of kindness are we here today."

      Red's heart went out to families of the Connecticut school shooting victims.  "Knowing what that kind of loss and tragedy can do to someone.  Then when we saw people were doing 26 acts of kindness, we just didn't have a lot to give."

      So, red decided to give her skill.  She's training 25 personal service dogs and one for search and rescue, free of charge.  "Not only to be companion for people with say - post traumatic stress disorder or anxiety disorders."

      The dogs which are mostly strays from the tornado that hit the area, will also be trained to pick up items, even help people who have trouble standing.

       Two other trainers from Missouri are in Alabama helping Red with her 26 acts of kindness.

      They say the dogs will not only help people, but the act helps them help the dogs.  "For them to be able to work and have a job and be placed with a family its so important for them," said trainer Kelsey Walters.  "People that are applying for these dogs are so excited. You can hear their hope in their words on the applications."

       The K-9 camp hopes to have the dogs ready by March 31st.

       Anyone can apply to receive one of the trained service dogs.  Just email a request for an application at


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