A group of volunteer puppy-raisers will spend Saturday morning July 6 at local Polaris businesses socializing the dogs they are raising.
The volunteer puppy-raisers are taking to opportinuty to reinforce obedience training with their charges, but also hope to raise awareness for Canine Companions for Independence.
The non-profit organization provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities.
Volunteer puppy-raisers for Canine Companions provide basic obedience and socialization to the puppies starting at 8 weeks old to 16 months and then return them to the organization's Delaware, Ohio, training facility for professional training.
The approximate value of an assistance dog from Canine Companions is $45,000, but Canine Companions provides them free of charge to people with disabilities.
The organizations officials said they are always looking for volunteer puppy-raisers and program supporters.
The puppys and their trainers will be at businesses throughout the Polaris area starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6.
Canine Companions for Independence is believed to be the nation's first and largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities.
Established in 1975, Canine Companions has been recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between people and assistance dogs.