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Canine Companions for Independence received a $5,000 grant from the Delaware County Foundation with contributions from both the Amos Family Fund and Jack and Jane VanFossen Fund. The funding will be used to help off-set the costs of raising and training assistance dogs.

Canine Companions 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. The North Central Region of Canine Companions is located in Delaware and serves 14 states. The overall 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, like the Delaware County Foundation, Canine Companions provides the assistance dogs, their training and ongoing follow-up support free of charge. Canine Companions does not receive any government funding and relies on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to continue to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Canine Companions is proud of their community partnership with the Delaware County Foundation. The Delaware County Foundation has supported Canine Companions since 1997.

About Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is 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 is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between people and dogs. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, visit < cci.org > or call 800-572-BARK.

About the Delaware County Foundation

The Delaware County Foundation was established in December, 1995, to enhance the quality of life for county residents. It currently manages more than $9.2 million for charitable purposes. In15 years, the Foundation has awarded over $5.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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