CUSHING — Christy Gardner, founder and president of Mission Working Dogs, will describe her organization’s goals and experience training purpose-bred dogs to aid individuals with disabilities to live a more independent life in a Zoom presentation at the Cushing Public Library on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Mission Working Dogs (MWD) provides a wide range of assistance from individual service animals to therapy dogs, who are trained specifically to provide comfort and love to community groups like hospitals, nursing homes and schools. The organization also provides opportunities for such volunteer activities as weekend and full-time puppy raising, event support, handling and assistant training.

Serving as a Sergeant in the United States Military Police, Christy Gardner survived an injury in 2006 and in 2010 received Moxie, her golden retriever service dog. The two are inseparable, and Moxie has accompanied Christie on competitions with Team USA Women’s Para Ice Hockey Team and the USA Para Surfing Team. Christie is a certified dog trainer with nine years’ experience training service and therapy dogs, and five years’ experience in breeding. She has developed a professional team at MWD with specialties in veterinary medicine, education, veterans’ advocacy, youth issues and communicating the mission through special events.

For further information and to register call Wendy Roberts at 207-691-0833 or email