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Congratulations to our very own District Trustee


Congratulations to our very own District Trustee Nancy LaGasse from Virginia, graduating today with her successor dog, Writer. Writer is a is a BIG, impressive looking dog and an additional bonus is that he was raised in Virginia's own Capital Chapter. We wish Nancy and Writer the best of luck on their new journey together!

Dawna's logic booth

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Dawna's logic booth

Mike and Dawna were there representing the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence at the Lions District 46 Convention!

D46 convention held in Elko, Nevada.
Three day event, complete with lunches dinners and food fair. There were about 227 attendees, 33 clubs, one visiting ID, one past ID, one PCC.


Newest Trustee in New York


A warm welcome to our newest Trustee in New York, PDG Larry Sanford!


Meet our new LPCCI Trustee in Texas

Lion Bill Hooten Irving Noonday Lions Texas

LPCCI is very proud to have our very first trustee in the state of Texas!

We have been working to develop new LPCCI contacts in conjunction with the development of the new Canine Companions for Independence South Central Region in Irving, Texas at the Baylor Scott & White Health Kinkeade Campus, which is scheduled to formally open in the fall of 2015.

Recently, Lion Bill Hooten, of the Irving Noonday Lions Club has agreed to act as our contact in Texas. Bill is a 40 year Lion, who knows the ropes and has many contacts within Lions as well as the local community. He has already been working with Mikell Bollinger, the new CCI South Central Region Executive Director by helping to establish contacts with the local Lions Clubs.

Lion Bill is an insurance agent in Irving. He has three children and three grandchildren and has been with State Farm since 1975.

We look forward to this new challenge. We'll need new puppy raisers and supporters in Texas to fulfill the requirements of the new CCI training center at Baylor Scott and White Health's Kinkeade Campus. Lions can help tremendously and Lion Bill Hooten will help us to coordinate our efforts.

Welcome to the LPCCI family, Lion Bill. We're very pleased to have you!



General Federation of Women's Clubs

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General Federation of Women's Clubs presentation in Washington, DC at the beautiful headquarters building of GFWC.

Their big convention is scheduled inMemphis, Tennesee, June 13 - 15th. The pups are Addie and Lucien along with the GFWC club president, Michele Hartlove.

We received a $75.00 donation, which will be presented to our CCI Old Dominion Chapter treasurer this weekend.



$3,000,000 For Canine Companions for Independence

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The mission of Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence is simple, just a few words, but powerful and committed words they are.
This national group of ours consists of member Lions Clubs across 35 states and growing, and we support Canine Companions for Independence through awareness and education, the recruitment of puppy raisers everywhere, and through fundraising events throughout the country.

Sarah Haberthur, LPCCI Administrator, and I were honored at the Hearing Dog graduation on October 3, 2014 to present a check for $3,000,000 representing the funds raised and donated to Canine Companions since LPCCIs founding in 1983.

I know I speak for every member when I say we love our mission and already have our eyes on the $4,000,000 mark.
Anybody want to raise a pup? A special thank you to all Lions for making this possible!

Folsom Prison PuPs

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When you hear the words Folsom Prison, most people connect it to a very famous country song by Johnny Cash. The prison is quite a place indeed.
Not too many people know that on the same prison property there are two other facilities. The more modern California State Prison and the Folsom Women's Facility.

It's the women's facility that's the subject today. Last June, after what seemed like forever, we delivered two 12 week old Canine Companions puppies to an eagerly awaiting staff and the four to-be inmate handlers (two for each pup). It took a couple vehicles to haul in the crates, crate pads, beds, bowls, brushes, a pot full of toys and treats, a first aid kit, monthly heart guard, and the food.
LPCCI is proud to support this new program by supplying the food for the dogs. Local veterinarians provide medical care and Canine Companions' local volunteer chapter group, Gold Rush Champions, provides toys and treats replacements, along with other supplies. Everyone chipped in on this one.

This is the first Canine Companions program within the California Department of Correctional and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and already there are discussions with two other locations within the system.
So, I'm delighted to report that Nieve and Penley are happy and healthy pups just about to turn a year old, and two more pups are scheduled to be added to the program in March.

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I think the program can be pretty well summed up in these words from one of the inmate handlers: "I am so thankful for all that has been done and what continues to be done to ensure Penley and Nieve have everything they need to succeed. Having them in my life during this time is so special to me, and it's great knowing they will soon be helping others. Without your generosity this would not be possible."


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 It is with great pride that I step into the presidency of our foundation. Thank you to our Board of Directors and all the dedicated trustees, directors and volunteers who support Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence. I hope we have another fantastic year as we work to support Canine Companions for Independence.

We have done a lot over the years. Our fundraising efforts total nearly $3 million. Of course, all the volunteer puppy raisers among us provide a tremendous resource to Canine Companions for Independence, as well as to Lions. We have come a long way in our efforts to educate people everywhere about these great service dogs.

But there is always more to be done! It seems overwhelming at times – there are only so many days in a week for us to work. Demand for service dogs continues to increase as our veterans return from combat in need of assistance dogs. And, of course, our own work of educating people about Canine Companions for Independence creates more awareness and, in turn, more demand.

Don't forget to support the new DogFest Walk N Roll events that Canine Companions will be having across the country. We Lions can form DogFest teams within our clubs or as individuals. Get out and recruit team members!
This spring my wife, Lion Michele, and I have been assisting a group of students at Mary Washington University (Fredericksburg, VA) in getting a Canine Companions for Independence puppy raising club started. Katrina Winsor, Puppy Program Manager at Canine Companions' NE Region, came to explain the program to the Dean of Student Life, Dr. Cedric Rucker, and his staff. The students formed a campus club and went through the process of requesting official status on campus. Lots of behind the scenes work has been done, and in early May we learned that official approval has been granted. This means there will be puppies on campus beginning this September. My hat is off to UMW student Rebekah Selbrede, who is the founder and president of the new puppy raising club. She will be receiving the first Canine Companions puppy in the UMW program. His name is Dragon, and he should arrive in Virginia late in June.

It is work like this that helps Canine Companions for Independence grow. All of us are part of the success. Keep up your dedication. Reach out and help when you can. When good things happen, take some time to step back and enjoy the moment before moving on, because you know there will be more work to be done. But it's work we love doing. Thanks for your dedication; I look forward to working with you!



The Gift That Keeps on Giving

As a puppy raiser, once you turn in your Canine Companions for Independence puppy, the waiting game begins. Each month for 6 months you receive a report card stating your dog's progress in his or her advanced training. Only forty percent of all dogs that are turned in will make it, so your fingers are crossed. Eventually, you will get one of two calls: Your dog has been released from the program OR your dog has been matched! In our case, Noble was matched as a Skilled Companion with Luke, who is 7 years old.
Canine Companions then gives the recipient of the dog your contact information, and it is completely up to them if they choose to contact the puppy raiser. Puppy raisers don't ask for praise or even expect to meet the graduate if they do not wish to do so. However, I'm HAPPY to report that people that receive their dogs are just as eager to meet us as we are to meet them.
The interaction I witnessed between Luke and Noble is one that will change my life forever. Puppy raisers ride the emotional roller coaster: We laugh, we cry, and with each service dog we place, a piece of our heart goes along on the journey. I share with you a wonderful thank you note I received from Luke's mother, Diana. As a puppy raiser, this is just one step below winning the lottery. I hope you will get as much joy from it as I did.
I would just like to say that being a volunteer in any organization is a wonderful thing to do, and I can directly see that one person can, indeed, make a difference!