COVID-19 affects everyone. Technology doesn’t replace the need for connection – to give and receive love. People with disabilities face significant barriers and are often isolated from friends, family, and everyday life. This pandemic compounds the dilemma. Canine Partners of the Rockies (CaPR) has been raising, training, and providing service dogs for people with disabilities in Colorado since 2002. The dogs learn valuable skills that help people regain independence, in addition to building life-long bonds with their partners, leading to more fulfilling lives.
Brian’s life is an example of how valuable the bond is between Canine Partner’s clients and their dogs. As a Marine, Brian served two tours in Iraq. Shortly after his return to the U.S., he suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury. Within the first two weeks at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital, he reached out to CaPR for a service dog. Over the last six years, Brian and Haylee built a remarkably close relationship. Haylee enabled him to return to school, get his degree and live again with hope. Although our dogs are carefully screened for health and temperament, – life happens. At the end of 2019, Haylee died suddenly in Brian’s arms from an aneurism. Left with a huge hole in his heart, Brian was once again isolated with limited ability to function. CaPR and generous donors worked together to prepare Yampa II, a newly trained mobility service dog, to start life with Brian in October.
Canine Partners of the Rockies commits over $60,000 (costs and volunteer hours) to each service dog we place. From raising precious puppies, through training and retirement, Canine Partners supports our teams throughout their lives together.
CaPR receives no state or federal funding and relies on the generosity of individuals to connect more skilled service dogs with people who need their support, like Brian.
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