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Newtown Teen Outreach Program Staging 'Kiss The Puppies' Event

The Exceptional Partner, a teen outreach program that fosters mental health, is celebrating the start of its program with an event called "Kiss the Puppies" on May 1 from noon-4 p.m. at The Exceptional Pet, 3 Simm Lane in Newtown.
The Exceptional Partner, a teen outreach program that fosters mental health, is celebrating the start of its program with an event called "Kiss the Puppies" on May 1 from noon-4 p.m. at The Exceptional Pet, 3 Simm Lane in Newtown. Photo Credit: The Exceptional Partner Service Dog Facebook page

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The Exceptional Partner, a teen outreach program that fosters mental health, is celebrating the start of its program with an event called "Kiss the Puppies."

The event will be held on May 1 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Exceptional Pet, 3 Simm Lane in Newtown.

Participants can meet the organization's five puppies at the event.

Activities will include a kids agility course, craft, games, face painting, prizes and your picture with a puppy. All purchases are tax deductible and help fund the puppy training.

The Exceptional Partner is a nonprofit organization that gives teens in Newtown the chance to raise and train psychiatric service dogs for the surrounding towns while also learning about mental illness and compassion toward others.

The program has two main goals: The first is to provide a teen outreach program that fosters mental health dialogue and discussion among teen trainers and their peers so young people can get the services and supports they need. The second is to provide psychiatric service dogs to adults and teens living with PTSD, agoraphobia, severe anxiety and many other life challenges.

Teen Trainers will help break the stigma and open up the conversation about mental health with their peers and community members until they pass their puppy on to someone seeking a service animal.

Pre-sale tickets: Adults $5 , kids $8 , family pass $22 (two adults and up to three kids). Day of event passes will be $8 for adults, $10 for kids and a family pass will be $25 (2 adults and up to 3 kids).

For more information and to order tickets, click here .

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