November 2013 eNewsletter

November 2013 eNewsletter

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November 20, 2013

A Birthday Wish to be Thankful For

Canine Companions Facility Dog Scottie just got back from a birthday party for his neighbor, eleven-year-old Jasmine. Jasmine first met Scottie and his handler Officer Lameka over a year ago during her cancer treatments. Once Jasmine’s family saw how Scottie helped her with her treatments, they asked Scottie to come to the treatments as often as possible. Now, Jasmine is cancer free and celebrating with her family, friends and Scottie.

This Thanksgiving, Officer Lameka and Facility Dog Scottie will be giving thanks for all chances they have to help their community and thanks to all the volunteers and donors at Canine Companions who help make it possible.

Read more stories of Canine Companions assistance dogs changing lives.

An E Litter Reunion

Four of the E Litter pups reunited at our North Central graduation and celebrated with friends, families, and supporters of Canine Companions. Check out our blog to read more about the day and our graduation ceremonies.

All of the E Litter pups are mastering their basic commands and socialization. These efforts support the future goal of becoming an assistance dog for someone with a disability. Their work allows Canine Companions to fulfill our mission. Click here to read stories from our puppy raisers.

The Best Gift

We’re so fortunate to have loved ones, freedom, independence and the loyalty and companionship of animals... What can we give to show we care and honor the gifts we already have?

A donation. Help give a person with a disability freedom, independence and the loyalty and companionship of a highly trained assistance dog.

Make a donation and we’ll send a special holiday card to the person of your choice. You can even customize the message in the card!

Make your donation by December 11th to ensure delivery by December 24th.

All Aboard!

Paul Mundell, national director of canine programs, and Susan Lee Vick, national director of advancement, are traveling across the country, sharing the story of “Foundation, Sustainability, Optimization,” Canine Companions’ long range plan. The national board of directors adopted the plan in June.

“Very simply, we want to be able to place many more highly trained assistance dogs, free of charge, with people with disabilities,” says Mundell. Vick notes that the plan focuses on “bold and essential work now, in preparation for the growth our program leaders envision, and to protect our life-changing mission for the long term.”

Mundell shares, “Each of our presentations opens with a graduate speaker. Even after nearly 24 years of service, I find their stories incredibly powerful. Our graduates inspire us, and give our work meaning. It’s a privilege to have this chance to visit with them and our dedicated volunteers and donors all around the country.”

Mundell and Vick see a bright future ahead for Canine Companions, as charted by “Foundation, Sustainability, Optimization.” Learn more about the plan and tour.

It’s Not Too Late!

Unable to make it to a DogFest Walk ‘n roll event? No worries! You can still participate and fundraise for Canine Companions, by registering for our virtual event DogFest Walk 'n Roll USA.

Support the community of people and dogs that make it possible for Canine Companions to show that the most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart.

Register just yourself or put together a team of friends, family members and coworkers. You can then fundraise to earn a great DogFest Walk 'n Roll prize but more importantly, contribute toward our mission of providing assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities free of charge. 

Support Canine Companions with Your Amazon Purchases

Through the AmazonSmile program, will now give a portion of qualified purchases to Canine Companions for Independence. By signing up and choosing Canine Companions as their preferred charity, shoppers can easily support the Canine Companions mission every time they shop.

At, shoppers will find all the same great products and prices as with the added benefit of supporting Canine Companions. If the product page has this image, shoppers will know that it is a qualified purchase.  

IRA Rollover ;

Canine Companions dogs love to roll over for a good belly rub when they're not working. If you are taking mandatory distributions from your IRA, you can roll over a distribution directly to Canine Companions.

For more information on this and other planned gifts, contact Dave Bonfilio at or visit Treat a dog to a good belly rub.


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Date: 11/17/2013

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