Trained service dogs and their new handlers graduate Friday at noon from Canine Companions at Baylor Scott & White — Kinkeade Campus.
Volunteers who raised the dogs for their first 18 months, hand the leash off — onstage —to the recipient as they begin a more independent life. The new duos include children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
Graduation represents 18 months of work, love and dedication of hundreds of people, including generous supporters, puppy raisers, volunteers, staff members and graduates, according to a statement from Canine Companions staff.
Facility staff adds that 21 puppies have started the next portion of training in hopes of becoming a future service dog.
Since 1975, Canine Companions has provided free service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities, as well as facility dogs to professionals in healthcare, criminal justice and educational settings.
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