Your support will help enhance the lives of people with disabilities through an expertly trained service dog!
Hi! My name is Ellie and I'm so happy you're here to help me support a fantastic organization: Canine Companions. Canine Companions is the nation's leading service dog organization matching dogs with people, children, and veterans with disabilities. They've been doing this amazing work since 1975, and because of the generosity of amazing donors, they place each dog completely free of charge to the recipient -- a fantastic gift considering it can cost upwards of $50,000 just to train one dog up to service work standards. Canine Companions service dogs can perform a variety of tasks, from retrieving dropped items, turning on/off light switches, opening and closing doors, removing articles of clothing, providing deep pressure therapy, pulling a manual wheelchair, alerting to nightmares, and the list goes on and on. These dogs are literal lifesavers for their partner, helping them lead independent lives, as well as being their constant companion.
I'm especially interested in helping Canine Companions because I am one of those people who is going to be lucky enough to benefit from their dogs. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and I struggle with joint dislocations, severe dizziness and tachycardia, debilitating fatigue, chronic pain, migraines and gastrointestinal issues, along with a host of other not-fun symptoms. I started looking into service dogs after learning about some of the tasks they can do for people like me. After months of interviews, in January I was accepted by Canine Companions onto their waitlist, and in a year or two I will get the long-awaited call that they have a dog ready for me. I'm beyond excited to have a furry friend to help me wherever I go.
I know this partnership is going to be life-changing for me, and though Canine Companions doesn't ask a single dollar from any of its applicants, I knew that I wanted to give back in some way. My mom had the brilliant idea of sewing some pet bandanas to sell. It's a win-win for everyone -- you get some cute, stylish bandanas, and Canine Companions gets the funding it needs to continue doing its fantastic work.
Thank you so much for your donation. We hope you and your own four-legged companion enjoy the bandana!
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Canine Companions is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Federal Identification Number: 94-2494324.