Local Organization Featured In Inaugural Parade

| February 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

Canine Companions for Independence, which has its Southwest Regional Training Center in Oceanside, participated in the 57th Inaugural Parade on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

“Canine Companions is honored to participate in the Presidential Inaugural Parade,” says Corey Hudson, CEO of Canine Companions. “We’re grateful to be able to share in this historic day and to share our mission of serving people with disabilities worldwide.” Approximately 2,800 organizations applied to march in the parade and Canine Companions was one of 43 organizations selected to participate.

Canine Companions parade participants line up for the Inaugural Parade.

Marching on behalf of Canine Companions in the Inaugural Parade were 132 people and 57 dogs. They included assistance dog teams, volunteers and the puppies in program they are raising, board members and staff from 14 states. All involved play integral roles in Canine Companions’ mission of providing highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge.

To date, Canine Companions has graduated over 4,000 assistance dogs since its founding in 1975. Canine Companions assistance dogs are trained in up to 50 commands to help people with limited mobility accomplish practical tasks. There is no charge for the dog, training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, visit www.cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.

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