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Canine Companions for Independence recognizes two of Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence's (LPCCI) members as exceptional volunteers for the months, May and June!
Cris Gerard is 1st Vice President for LPCCI and 6 time puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence
Don Allen is an Area Director and Past President for LPCCI and 4 time puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence.
Thank you for all you do to support both LPCCI and Canine Companions for Independence!

June Volunteer of the Month - Don Allen


Volunteers often say: "I came for the dogs, but stayed for the people." This could be volunteer extraordinaire Don Allen's motto.Don was first introduced to Canine Companions in 1995 through the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence. In 2009 Don was elected as the president for the Lions Project. Not long afterwards, he started raising his first puppy for Canine Companions. He is currently raising his fourth.

Don is on the leadership team for the Gold Rush Chapter and travels 160-miles round trip to chapter activities and puppy classes. Don and his wife Patty support Canine Companions as Miracle Makers and Heritage Society members. Don recently put us in contact with his neighbor who sits on a foundation board. Because of that introduction, Canine Companions received a first time grant for $15,000! Dedication and support like Don's that enables Canine Companions to continue to help change lives! Thank you Don!


May Volunteer of the Month - Cris Gerard


Cris Gerard's story started in 1999 when the bank she was working for was looking for a non-profit to support and chose Canine Companions. Cris has since co-raised six puppies and started two for the Folsom Womens Facility. It doesnt stop there! Cris was a committee member for the first DogFest Sacramento event last year, and this year she has taken on the role as the Gold Rush Chapter president leading an outstanding group of Canine Companions supporters.

Cris is also the incoming president of the national Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence, a group that consists of Lions Clubs in 35 states who provide awareness and funds for Canine Companions. Thank you Cris for giving so much, and always with a smile! We are lucky to have you!