Canine Companions for Independence

Folks brought their pooches out to the Riverwalk Grand Pavillion this morning for the 20th annual Dog Fest.

Fittingly, Snoopy himself lead the walkathon, which is a fundraiser for the national organization canine companion of independence.

The not-for-profit breeds, trains, and places dogs with people with disabilities.

The organization is always looking for more folks to be a volunteer puppy raiser. Once someone’s accepted, that person receives an 8-week old puppy to train.

Schaumburg resident Colleen Breheny is now raising her fifth pup for the program and is happy to do it for the sake of changing someone’s life.

Steve Kamgard got his comfort dog, three-year-old Pluto, in May of 2012, giving him that added security.

While Canine Companions of Independence technically owns all their dogs, the pets do live with the clients full time. But once the dog is ready to retire, they can choose to adopt it.

The program wouldn’t be possible without fundraisers like this one and the support of the community.

Besides raising money from the walk’s registration fee, dog lovers could also pay $5 for a pet tattoo for their furry friends, which was then went back to Canine Companions.

The organization anticipating raising about $20,000 from this event and there will be other fundraisers across the country throughout the rest of October.

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