May 2013 eNewsletter

May 2013 eNewsletter


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May 15, 2013

Bringing Comfort to Boston

It wasn’t a surprise when the Boston Medical Center invited Laurie Myers and Facility Dog Wena to visit patients and their families recovering from the Boston Marathon bombing.

As a Facility Dog, Wena is trustworthy around the machines, tubes and hustle of a hospital. Laurie and Wena brought comfort and joy to victims, including a six-year-old boy who had been removed from a life-saving ventilator just the day before. He told Laurie how much he missed his dog and loved every minute he spent with Wena.

Laurie and Wena also visited five other victims, including a husband and wife who both lost legs in the bombing. They had their own black lab, and said they were thrilled by Wena’s visit. Laurie and Wena brought much-needed smiles and relaxation to victims in addition to information about how to apply for a Canine Companions assistance dog when the time is right. One victim is already talking to their medical team about the possibility of an assistance dog.

Watch this interview of Laurie sharing her experiences.

Sign the Salute Independence Petition

More U.S. service men and women are coming home with physical disabilities than ever before. It’s a sacrifice they’ll live with every day for the rest of their lives.

Please sign our online petition to support the Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative and help us place service dogs with more of these injured heroes.

May is National Military Appreciation Month, there’s no better time to honor our brave veterans – especially those who have been severely injured in the line of duty. Please sign our petition and help change a life for the better. 

PetSmart Salutes Independence

On May 11 in Phoenix, AZ Canine Companions and PetSmart launched our partnership with a Salute to Independence.

The event featured local celebrities and dignitaries, including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and of course Canine Companions puppies and veteran graduate teams! Attendees learned more about our Wounded Veterans Initiative and the benefit of assistance dogs for our veterans. Plus, there was great family fun and entertainment featuring the Phoenix Suns wheelchair team and hip hop squad, contests, games, and over 30 veteran-based service providers.

Learn more at Wounded Veterans Initiative.

Hero Dog Voting Polls are Open

Canine Companions is honored to be the selected charity of fourteen service dog nominees for the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards. If one of these service dog nominees wins, then Canine Companions will receive a donation of up to $6500 and an evening on the red carpet during the awards event. And the winning dog (and their partner) will get the Hollywood treatment too!

Thank you to all the nominees who selected Canine Companions as their charity of choice, and thank you to everyone who votes! Go to to vote now.

Just for You!

For a limited time, all of our online gift shop merchandise will be 50% off!

Your support means the world to Canine Companions. By wearing our merchandise or giving as gifts, you show your support of Canine Companions to everyone you meet and help spread the word. From apparel, to books, to items for your dog, there’s something for everyone!

Go to our online gift shop and fill up your cart. Enter the code UNLEASHED at checkout and the 50% off discount will be applied to your order.

The "E" Litter Update

The "E" Litter is hitting the trails (and the mall and the local elementary schools) representing Canine Companions for Independence proudly!

Take a look at our blog and read about how they are growing and what they are learning.

Every puppy raiser is asked the same question. "How can you give them up?" Find out what Ethan's puppy raiser has to say.

Making Miracles

Thanks to all of you who signed up to be monthly Miracle Makers! Because of your monthly gifts, we can make the miracle of independence possible for more children and adults with disabilities eagerly awaiting their own assistance dogs.

It’s never too late to join our monthly Miracle Maker program. As a Miracle Maker, your gift of $10, $25 or more each month will help us train and place more of our amazing highly-skilled assistance dogs at no charge to people with disabilities. It’s an easy and convenient way to make a huge impact. Your credit card will automatically be charged each month. And of course, you can cancel at any time. Please enroll today, it’s an easy way to make a huge impact.

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