...After Abigail Harrington watched her brother, a retired U.S. Navy veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, struggle with day-to-day tasks – then noticed the change after he received a home protection K-9 – she knew she wanted to help not only her brother, but others as well. At the end of 2019, Harrington formed a 501(c)3, and in March 2020 moved into her office. Then COVID hit, making the endeavor a difficult and slow process. “Things are starting to pick up now,” said Harrington, founder/CEO of Project K9 Services in Brunswick, Ga. Project K9 Services is a nonprofit agency that aims to assist retired veterans, law enforcement officers and first responders with K9 help and support. In May 2022, retired U.S. Army veteran Lee Fischer of Murphy and his wife, Julie, were both in the hospital at the same time. Friends from church were assisting the couple with their three dogs at home. However, they could not continue to help for the length of time the Fischers were hospitalized. A nurse gave Julie a number for Harrington and Project K9 Services. Julie reached out for help, and the company took it from there. They placed the three dogs at Kadillac Kennels until the Fischers could return home and care for the dogs on their own. Harrington also arranged to have their home cleaned for them.
In November, just several months later, the Fischers were in a serious vehicle accident on their way to Georgia for a doctor’s appointment. They had their three dogs with them. Project K9 Services received a call from animal control regarding the dogs in the accident. The Fischers were hospitalized once again and Dutch, their beloved bully-mix and Lee’s service dog, had to be put down due to injuries. Julie reached out to Harrington again because of her previous experience with their service. To ease the burden of care for the animals while the Fischers recovered, Project K9 Services began doing what the company was created to do – assist with K9 care and help ease the burden through the recovery process...
Cherokee Scout (pg 10A)
Abigail, THANK YOU for all you have done.
Not this time…
It’s been my experience and the experience of others when they have needed help with a project, help was HARD to find. Sometimes you would call someone, leave a message and would not receive a response to your request. BUT NOT THIS TIME!
This is a thank you to two organizations and two individuals for being uncommonly professional, courteous and compassionate at just the right time. First Thank you from a heart of gratitude to Abigail, the director of a fairly new non-profit “Project K9 Services” way out in Brunswick, Ga. I do not know how she was initially contacted but I am grateful she was. I do not remember working with anyone who had more “can do”, “stick to it” attitude than Abigail. Within just a few hours she had found resources right here in Cherokee County to fill the fast-approaching needs of 3 big dogs. The dog’s owners were in the hospital with uncertain discharge dates. One of the owners is a veteran with several medical issues. The other had been in the hospital 12 weeks.
Abigail, in waving her magic wand, contacted Denise at Murphy Pet Mama and Denise was on the job. There was no “I’ll call you back”, she was there. Then and I’m not sure how Abigail did it from Brunswick Georgia, she contacted Kadillac Kennel in Cherokee County. The owner David Worsham joined the effort as soon as he heard a veteran was involved. David went above and beyond to help this veteran and his dogs. Then to top things off, Tractor Supply in Murphy donated a big bag of dog food to keep the dogs happy.
Abigail, Denise, David and Tractor Supply; you did not know this couple in any way. But you saw a need and jumped in with both feet. Your compassion is an example for most of us. When we see a need many times we think; “well, someone else can take care of that”. Well, not you! You have made a difference for a couple you don’t know and from me, a very heart felt THANK YOU for your professionalism and commitment to accomplishing the task of meeting a need. There are many good people and organizations, but these four are setting a true example.
~Mitchell Shields, US Army, Retired