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Mercy Home’s Facility Dog


Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ Facility Dog

Pongo is Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ working facility dog. As a dedicated coworker, his job is to comfort, motivate, and inspire our kids whenever they need it.

Pongo is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever and Labrador mix. His unconditional love and attention serve a vital role in helping our boys and girls heal from the trauma of their pasts.

Pongo came to Mercy Home courtesy of Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that has bred, raised, and expertly trained assistance dogs since 1975.

Tom Gilardi, Mercy Home’s Vice President of Youth Programs, is Pongo’s certified facilitator. This means Tom is responsible for housing, feeding, and caring for the dog, as well as making sure Pongo maintains his knowledge of over 40 commands.

We consider Pongo a member of our Mercy Home family and welcome the joy he brings to our kids and coworkers each and every day.

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Every member of our Mercy Home family—from coworkers and tutors to our donors—plays a unique and vital role in the mission we all share: to provide a safe and loving Home for children in need. That’s why Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is so proud to welcome our newest team member: Pongo, our working facility dog.