Bluebird Café hosts fundraiser for service dog

A North Liberty man is asking his community for help -- photo by Adam Burke
A North Liberty man is asking his community for help — photo by Adam Burke

Todd’s Service Dog Project

Bluebird Café — Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

When North Liberty man Todd Bevans had to put down his dog Arvo last month, he lost more than a good friend and daily companion. With Arvo, Bevans could walk to a cafe or listen to live music at a local club.

You see, Arvo was a service dog who helped Bevans negotiate North Liberty trails and streets. Bevans can’t drive since a car accident almost twenty years ago left him blind. After a collision with a farm truck while driving home from Dubuque, where he worked as an iron worker, he also suffered severe brain trauma.

In 2009, an Iowa City trainer gave Arvo to Bevans and they became inseparable. The dog was a source of strength for Bevans, helping him as all good friends do.

On Feb. 2, Bluebird Café, at 650 West Cherry St. in North Liberty, will hold an all-day fundraiser to support Bevans’ search for a new dog.

Now a crowd funding project has been set up to help pay for Arvo’s vet bill (he died in January after struggling from brain tumors) and find Bevans a new trained service dog.

Area businesses are chipping in to help. The North Liberty office of Kinze Manufacturing, the Williamsburg agricultural equipment company, has donated $1,000. The Lions Club and Blink Vision have each made $250 donations.

The fundraising goal for the campaign is $25,000. As of today, fewer than 140 people had donated just over $10,000.

LV readers who are interested in helping can send or drop off checks made out to “Todd’s Service Dog Project” at any University of Iowa Community Credit Union branch or at the Bluebird Café in North Liberty.

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