On a special operation mission with the United States Air Force in South America in 1999, Jason broke his back when his vehicle flipped after being ambushed and crushed the lower half of his body.  A year and a half ago Jason received Canine Companions Service Dog Napal. "I couldn't stand having to rely on someone else to take care of me," Jason says. "Being in special ops, they don't teach you very much humility. When you have that mentality, and that's the training that's been brought to you, to really humble yourself to have other people help you is extremely tough." he continues. "But I'm telling you, it's so much easier for a dog to do it. In fact out of everything I've done to try and improve my life, nothing's even come close to getting my service dog Napal," Jason concludes. Jason is just one example of a veteran who has been lucky enough to receive a service dog from CCI.


Each quarter, a different local non-profit organization is chosen to receive customer donations when their pets’ nails are clipped at any Especially for Pets’ seven store locations. For the second quarter of this year, $9,015 was raised for CCI. The check was presented to Debra Dougherty, Executive Director of Northeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence, along with several Puppy Raisers and Puppies-in-Training in our Sudbury location on September 7.

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. They have provided assistance dogs to over 3000 people.

This fundraiser benefits their Wounded Veterans Initiative which provides dogs to wounded US veterans to offer unconditional love, service and companionship. For a veteran making a new start putting their life back together from an injury, an assistance dog can provide the help they need to regain independence. Learn more at cci.org.

"We are delighted to have a relationship with Especially for Pets who embraces the Canine Companions for Independence mission and utilizes its business model to educate the public about assistance dogs and responsible pet care." said Debra Dougherty, Executive Director, Northeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence.