Is anything free anymore? Canine Companions for Independence® makes sure that their service dogs are free to qualified applicants with physical disabilities other than blindness.
Canine Companions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
Service dogs are expensive, estimated to cost approximately $50,000 to fund the breeding, training and on-going follow-up service after the dog is placed.
Then how can Canine Companions for Independence® give these dogs to people free of charge? Corporate sponsors and people from all over the country, folks like you who volunteer to spread awareness, care for litters, raise puppies and raise money do so willingly so that those who need service dogs can have them free of charge, without having to do any personal fundraising. That’s why I support this organization.
At 8 weeks of age, each puppy is raised by a puppy raiser. They are responsible for providing food, shelter and medical care. They love them, potty train them and teach them the 30 commands necessary so that when they are 18 months they can go to Advanced Training–what puppy raisers call “Puppy College.” There they train with professional trainers who take the 30 commands learned to the next level with the hope that they’ll graduate and be placed with their forever person.
Each year, cities across the country host Canine Companions for Independence’s® annual fundraising event, DogFest Walk ‘n Roll. It is a pledged walk followed by a family friendly, dog friendly festival of fun. Click here to see if there’s a DogFest event near you!
This year, I am walking with Kimber in the DogFest Cleveland event being held in Hudson, Ohio at Hudson Springs Park. My personal goal is to raise at least $1,000.00. The goal for the event is $60,000.
If you would like more information on the event, would like to become a sponsor for the event, or would like to walk or donate, click the DogFest Cleveland event link above and join us! The walk is open to the public. Sign-up online, collect donations and come walk on August 22, 2015 from 9 a.m. until noon and enjoy all the free dog and kid friendly activities on the day of the event.
If you cannot attend the Hudson event and there isn’t a DogFest near you, consider donating to Kimber’s page or start a page of your own. Come walk and roll with us!
Each year, WelcomePup.com donates a portion of their sales to Canine Companions for Independence.