A local college student is working to raise puppies to help others.
Sara Friedmann has always had a love for animals and now she is using that love to help others.
She is raising puppies for Canine Companions For Independence.
“To be a puppy raiser it is amazing to see your end product, it is one of those volunteer opportunities that community service, to give back to someone that you might not be able to help with any other way. By raising these puppies, we really change a life,” said Friedmann.
Friedmann is working right now on training Brendan.
“We teach them everything from basic obedience commands to getting them involved in different environments, different experiences.”
It is a lot of fun for Friedmann but also a lot of responsibility.
“He comes to work with me, he comes to school with me, he goes on vacation, we are actually going to the beach soon so that will be a new experience to do with him,” added Friedmann.
In about 14 months Brendan will move on to advanced training where he will gain the ability to help with a specific service.
“Even though you feel like you are losing a piece of your heart, someone is gaining a piece of theirs. So these dogs go to individuals who you might not cross paths with them on a normal day, so crossing paths with them with these dogs is an opportunity or make friendships. I always say, we came for the puppies but we stay for the people.”
Friedmann says the dogs with CCI go through to help those with physical impairments, hearing difficulties and sometimes therapeutic services.
Friedmann tells us there are other ways for people to get involved through the organization.
You can volunteers to raise puppies, be a breeder caretaker or even just donate funds.
The dogs are given to those in need, free of charge.
For more information on CCI, click here.