She said Sol should be able to start providing services in about a year following various training.
“He’ll learn how to sit on victim’s feet when they testify in court, he’ll learn how to provide comfort and support when they report to law enforcement, and he’ll also learn how to provide support to children,” Bruder said. “There’s a lot of data and research that proves that victims really do benefit from therapy dogs.”
Foundation vice president Brian Eirschele said the organization’s donation meets its mission to support health and wellness programs in Monroe County.
“It follows along the pattern of the foundation to begin with — the wellness of our community,” Eirschele said. “The benefit that we hope this dog brings to someone or many people perhaps is a great investment, and I cannot think of a better use of charitable giving.”
Eirschele also challenged area residents and organizations to help fund the therapy program.
With an office in Tomah and Sparta, Brighter Tomorrows has been offering services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1996.
“We provide a wide array of services,” Bruder said. “We do a lot of supportive listening, legal and medical advocacy, information and referrals, and safety planning.”