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To increase the independence and quality of life of individuals with mobility impairments by providing professionally trained service dogs and support services. Each dog will be trained to meet the specific needs of individual recipients. Our support services shall ensure that our teams perform in a manner that promotes the welfare of the recipient, canine, and public. Our goal is to establish a lifetime bond between the recipient and the dog. Our efforts will be focused on, but not limited to, an area within a 250 mile radius of Cochranville, Pennsylvania.
Canine Partners For Life (CPL) is a nonprofit organization located in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, that trains and places dogs to assist individuals with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.
CPL trains full-service dogstoprovide physical assistance to their partner 24 hours a day in home and public environments (for example, individuals with disabilities caused by ALS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, paralysis, amputation, and more). CPL also places full-service seizure-alert dogs to detect and alert to upcoming seizure activity. Finally, CPL places home-companion dogs with special-needs children or the elderly to work in the home environment.
Each dog receives training adapted to meet the specific needs of its human partner. Skills may include how to retrieve items; operate light switches, elevator buttons, and door openers; tug a laundry basket and put laundry in/out of the machine; roll someone over in bed to prevent sores; pay cashiers; open and close doors; assist with dressing and undressing; help an unsteady walker negotiate bumpy terrain or stairs; and a wide variety of other tasks. Just as important, the dogs provide a constant source of love and comfort.
Want to know more? Please visit www.k94life.org or phone (610) 869-4902.
- Donna Baker
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