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Above--Caleb Jacobs, 8, with his mother, Amee, at the Park Grove Branch Library with his service dog, Cooper, are allowed in the library under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Caleb holds onto Cooper with a handle. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Best friend in service: Program pairs people in need with service dogs

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When Amee Jacobs lived in Nebraska three years ago, her son, Caleb, who has autism, was 5 years old. Looking for a service dog to help her son, she was disappointed to find that it would cost her and her husband, Robert, up to $25,000 and there could be a three-year waiting time.

She wanted a service dog to help keep Caleb calm and to corral him because he's likely to bolt in some situations that could lead him to run into a street or otherwise harm him, she said.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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