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Home Depot volunteers help remodel ASAS' dog training center

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You've probably heard the saying "it takes a village." Usually it refers to raising children. But, this time it means something a little different.

"Means life to me. She can actually call 911 for me in the case of an emergency," says James Falsken.

James Falsken and Kaley have more than a just meaningful relationship. It's one in a million.

"Just makes it easier, like having a nurse. She can bring my medicine and turn on lights and doors and pick up anything I drop."

As a veteran who is disabled, James depends on his service dog Kaley. They've trained at the center for the American Service Animal Society.

Now, with help from Home Depot and its volunteers, the center is getting a much needed renovation.

There, pooches can learn the basics.

"They can learn the task of opening and closing drawers, doors, we have a refrigerator that they work on, light switches and things like that," says Gerard Claseman, president of American Service Animals Society.

Home Depot is building walls, and installing flooring, cabinets and doors.

"A lot of the veterans don't even want to leave home so this something for them to get out and go to a nice facility and be able to train. It's very delightful for them."

"They come home and a lot of them don't want to leave their house and the dogs are actually a great companion," says Teresa Follmer, interior designer for Home Depot.

"A lot of them come into the program and are pretty battered up, a lot of them are afraid of their own shadow and by the time they leave the program, they're ready to step out on their own two feet again and out the door with one of the greatest companions," says James.

James adopted Kaley from a local animal shelter. She'll be three in January.

The American Service Animals Society started helping veterans about 10 years ago

American Service Animal Society - www.dogs4vets.org

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