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About Our Organization

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

Meet Marv

When asked why he decided to get involved with DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, Marv Tuttle said “It just made sense to see what I could do.” Having received his service dog, Yara, free of charge, nearly three years ago, Marv was well aware of Canine Companions’ fundraising needs. When Canine Companions launched its national signature event, DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, Marv was one of the first to sign up and create a fundraising team.

With a goal of $2,500, Marv reached out to friends and family to ask them to support the organization that partnered him with Yara. From helping Marv collect his scuba gear, to visiting fellow veterans at the VA hospital where Marv volunteers, Yara has enhanced every aspect of Marv’s active life.

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