Norm Selby introduced Vanessa O’Grady, who along with two other ladies and three dogs, presented a program on Canine Companions for Independence. The organization is a non-profit that trains dogs to enhance the lives of people with
disabilities (other than blindness). The ladies in attendance were all volunteer puppy raisers. They will have the puppies for 14 to 16 months during which time they will train the dogs to respond to 10 different commands. After that
the dogs get advanced training for an additional 6-9 months at which time the dogs are given to the disabled person to live with them. These three ladies are among 875 puppy raisers and over 3,000 volunteers nationwide. CCI was founded in Santa Rosa, CA in 1975 and now has satellite offices in Colorado Springs and Chicago. CCI trains four types of canine companions: service dogs,skilled companion dogs, hearing dogs, and facility dogs. They use Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and crosses of these two breeds. There is no cost to the recipient of a dog and CCI is funded through private contributions and grants from corporations and individuals. Good
program, Norm. Thanks to the presenters for informing us about Canine Companions for Independence.