Sunday, July 10, 2011

Celebrating A Month of Independence

This July as we celebrate independence and our freedom, remember not everyone has the pleasure of experiencing independence.    Millions struggle everyday with the simple tasks of life.  Just getting out of bed and getting dressed in the morning could take hours and the pain and discomfort experienced is beyond what many of us will ever know.  

Asher, from New Hanover County Animal Control
For Carolina Canines it's about the people and the dogs.  About 80% of the dogs trained to be service dogs are from rescues or shelters.  In the Carolina Canines for Veterans program, we work with a network of rescues in Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC to locate and evaluate candidates for the training program.  In the last several weeks,  seven dogs entered the training program.  Melchi, Derbe, Naomi, Asher, Niles, Jericho and  Erza  joined the training program from Frances R. Willis SPCA, New Hanover County Animal Control, Charleston Animal Society, and Horry County Animal Services.  All of these dogs have found freedom and will begin their journey to provide freedom to a Veteran.

To see how these newly freed dogs will be transformed to serve a Veteran, watch the All Hands video about Carolina Canines.

Everyday people are waiting for their chance at a more independent life.  What can you do to help?  Get involved with local organizations that help people to gain more independence.  Get involved by raising a service dog for someone in need or donating to support our programs.  Perhaps you have your own dog and you could train to volunteer as a pet therapy team then visit with people in local nursing facilities, hospitals or help a child learn to read.  Use your independence to help someone else.