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Old 07-23-2009, 08:12 PM
Kristinfsu Kristinfsu is offline
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If you are interested in volunteering with an organization, check out http://www.caninecompanions.org. They provide highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge

Old 07-25-2009, 07:02 PM
Judy at Shady Grove Judy at Shady Grove is offline
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Thanks - This is a great link to have available!
Have a great day! Judy

Old 10-31-2011, 01:05 AM
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CCI employs a breeding program to supply their dogs.They use purebred Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, as well as a cross between the two known as an LGX. As puppies, the dogs go though extensive temperament and medical evaluations before being selected for the breeding program. Then, the puppies selected as breeders are placed with a volunteer breeder/caretaker who is located within a ninety mile radius of their national headquarters in Santa Rosa, California. Female dogs' caretakers are responsible for the actual birth of the puppies and taking care of them for the first eight weeks; male dogs' caretakers are responsible for the dogs ready for mating.
When it comes time to raise the puppies, CCI calls upon volunteers for this as well. Volunteers must provide a safe house as well as caring for the puppy from the time it is eight weeks old until it is time to turn them in, generally at the age of sixteen to eighteen months. Volunteers are responsible for the exercise, grooming, feeding, socialization, and all necessary healthcare requirements, such as annual visits, of their puppy. There are about 30 commands taught during this phase. Also, the puppy-raisers are responsible for transportation to return the puppy to the regional CCI center for advanced training.

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