Kindred Canines in Motion (KIM) started as an idea to help service dogs in need. Thanks to a contest sponsored by HESKA, a local veterinarian is one step closer to having her dream become a reality.

Dr. Joyce Gerardi was inspired to start the non-profit KIM after her niece Kim fell from a horse and became a quadriplegic.

She like many others with special needs has to use a service dog to do daily tasks. And that’s why Dr. Gerardi needs your help to win HESKA’s “Inspiration in Action” contest.

Voters can help Dr. Gerardi win the $25,000 grand prize to help get a state of the art medical van to cut the cost for those with special needs and their pets.

“As the dogs age, their disease; medication and their disease processes also increase and that’s going to cost more. And some of the people can’t get out of the house so if someone could come to them, it’d be a great aid and service to them,” said Dr. Joyce Gerardi.

Dr. Gerardi says her goal is to make life a little easier on the pets and their owners.

You can help Dr. Gerardi meet her goal by casting your vote by email or text through December 10th.

Dr. Gerardi says she also hopes to be able to give a person with disabilities their first job through the non-profit.

To vote for Dr. Gerardi you can text HELPSERVICEDOGS to 22333 or by email at this link.