Twenty-eleven has been a busy year for Canines for Service. We would like to thank the countless hours our Volunteers dedicate to our mission. Whether serving as Board members, raising a service dog in the Canines for Service or Canines for Veterans programs, providing animal assisted therapy in the Canines for Therapy program, being a literacy mentor in the Canines for Literacy program, helping us in the office or at events, we thank you. To our donors, supporters and corporate sponsors, thank you. Without your financial support we could not continue to serve the people who are waiting for their service dog, or train the therapy teams that visit in our communities.
This year we served nine individuals waiting for their service dog, visited over 50 facilities for animal assisted therapy, and served several hundred children struggling with reading. But, there are many more still waiting. Celebrating our 15th year anniversary is just the beginning. Our goals for 2012 include partnering 12 to 15 individuals with their service dogs, expanding the Canines for Therapy and Canines for Literacy programs to Charleston, SC, achieving the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program for service dog training in both South and North Carolina, and moving into a facility that will allow us to serve more people, offer job-training to Veterans and civilians and economic development in our community.
We look forward to a bright and prosperous 2012 and we need you to make that happen. Happy New Year!