Canine Companions for Independence has received a $5,000 grant from the Delaware County Foundation with contributions from both the Amos Family Fund and the Jack and Jane VanFossen Fund.
The grant will be used to help offset the costs of raising and training assistance dogs.
Canine Companions is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. The North Central Region of Canine Companions is at 4989 state Route 37 in Delaware and serves 14 states.
The cost incurred by Canine Companions from the birth of each puppy through the lifetime of the human/assistance dog team is $50,000.
Thanks to supporters such as the Delaware County Foundation, Canine Companions provides the assistance dogs and ongoing support free of charge. The organization receives no government funding and relies on donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to continue to provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities. The Delaware County Foundation has supported Canine Companions since 1997.