POTTSTOWN, PA — According to their website, Canine Partners for Life is a recognized and highly respected leader in the assistance dog industry. It was one of the first service dog organizations in the world to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). Since 1989, Canine Partners for Life has placed more than 700 service and companion dogs in 45 states. CPL dogs provide assistance for a wide variety of disabilities including muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cerebral palsy, ALS, spinal cord injuries, stroke, cardiac conditions, arthritis, spina bifida, Parkinson’s disease, and more.
Canine Partners for Life has assigned the name “Owen” to a “service puppy in training” who is nearing 8 weeks. Owen was given his name in honor of the work of a group of Owen J. Roberts Middle School students who had been involved in the Youth and Philanthropy club last year. The group of students had the goal to “help animals in need, service animals, and people who need mental support; we will do so by helping organizations that support those in need in our neighboring towns.”
“The students last year were definitely animal-lovers,” said Philanthropy Club advisors Colleen Hampton and Maureen Otis, who added that they believed part of the appeal of the students wishing to help Canine Partners was that the organization helped people in a way that involved companion animals. The Youth & Philanthropy program, which is sponsored by the Phoenixville Health Foundation, was designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy, giving of one’s self to address the neediness of others, and to learn about it first hand. Owen J. Roberts Middle students have been participating for about three years.
Puppy Owen is planning to be at the K94Life Open House on September 15. In addition to a Puppy Kissing Booth, K94Life is introducing a puppy race this year and Owen is expected to participate in the race with his three sisters at about 2:30 pm. Think about attending the Open House to cheer Owen on!
Join Canine Partners for Life (CPL) for their annual Open House and Cow Bingo on Saturday, September 15 from 12 to 4 pm at the CPL facility (334 Faggs Manor Road, Cochranville, PA 19330). Bring the whole family for an afternoon of free fun to discover how service dogs change lives.
Source: Owen J. Roberts School District
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