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CHARITY SPOTLIGHT: CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE HELP MAN’S BEST FRIEND HELP US The branch of CCI that encompasses our headquarters in Meridian, known as the CCIdaho Volunteer Chapter, works hard to raise awareness for the plight of disabled Americans and the services trained canine companions can provide. They also recruit “puppy raisers” and volunteers to the cause and hold an annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll festival in Boise as a fundraiser. Here in Idaho, we really love our dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, we topped the charts for dog ownership in 2018 with a whopping 58% of households keeping them as pets. That’s a full 20% above the national average! That said, Idahoans recognize that, in addition to being beloved furry friends, dogs can make a real difference in the workforce. One organization proving that is our local branch of Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit dedicated to breeding, raising, and training assistance dogs. Since its founding in 1975, the group has paired more than 5,000 dogs with people who need their help, including adults and children with disabilities; wounded or disabled veterans; and health care, visitation, criminal justice, and education professionals — all absolutely free. There’s no doubt in our minds these dogs make a difference. Just Browsing CCI.org, you can read dozens of stories of successful partnerships between people in need and dogs provided by CCI.
“Mork helps me help myself,” one recipient, Wallis, told the nonprofit. “He can retrieve my phone and other dropped items, pull my wheelchair, and open doors for me.” To find a CCI chapter near you, donate, or sign up to volunteer with the puppies, visit CCI.org today!
“The assistance dogs we breed, raise, and train aren’t just the ears, hands, and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy,” CCI’s website reads.
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