At Canine Companions®, the health and safety of our graduates, puppy raisers, volunteers and devoted donors are our top priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vail Valley Volunteer Chapter has made the difficult decision to cancel our Sit. Stay. Sparkle. event on August 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. But disabilities don’t disappear in times of crisis, and Canine Companions needs your help to continue to provide expertly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. Please donate so we can help more of the children, adults and veterans who rely on your generosity.
You can also bid on four incredible trips for travel in 2021 and beyond by visiting *canine.org/vailauction. All proceeds benefit Canine Companions and the auction will remain open through August 2, 2020.
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Enjoy these photos from previous events!
Kate has been the staff psychologist at Vail Mountain School since 2005. As a clinical psychologist, she works in a school because she believes schools are transformative organizations in the lives of young people.
Wanting to meet the growing need for mental health services at her school while being proactive in preventing problems, Kate recognized two things were needed: an ability to think “outside of the box” and a partner who could help her build more connections with students. That partner came in the form of highly trained, social, gentle and intuitive Facility Dog Beignet.
Beignet, a purebred Golden Retriever, and Kate began working together in November 2019 after they graduated from Team Training in Oceanside, California. Since that time, they have been building an animal-assisted intervention program at Vail Mountain School to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of their community. From building students’ reading stamina to helping them navigate the stressors of exams, Beignet and Kate are touching the lives of many in their community.
Canine Companions assistance dog Beignet has quickly become one of the most popular staff members at the school and receives many requests for appointments from students age six to 16. Every day Kate is reminded of Beignet’s many gifts, including her warm and non-judgmental presence, that lets children know they are not alone. Working with Beignet is a dream come true for Kate who believes wholeheartedly in the therapeutic power of the human-animal bond.
Canine Companions for Independence provides expertly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities, completely free of charge.
Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country and is the largest non-profit organization of its kind. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people.