Canine Companions Places Milestone Number of Assistance Dogs

Canine Companions Places Milestone Number of Assistance Dogs

Eukanuba's "E-Litter" Pups Embark on Their Extraordinary Journey

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- There wasn't a dry eye
in the house during Friday's Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) National
Graduation Ceremony. More than 400 guests attended the ceremony in Santa Rosa,
CA as Canine Companions graduated their 4000th assistance dog team. Four
other ceremonies took place across the country in Southern California,
Florida, New York and Ohio. All graduation ceremonies symbolize the starting
point of a newly gained independence for a person with a disability as they
receive a Canine Companions dog to become a partner in life.
 
During the event, Eukanuba Dog Foods presented a check to Canine Companions in
the amount of $100,000 to sponsor a litter of puppies to help raise funding
for Canine Companions and build awareness for the need of volunteer puppy
raisers. This litter of puppies has been named the Eukanuba "E-Litter." "We
are very thankful for our partnership with Eukanuba and are always looking for
creative ways to increase our volunteer base of puppy raisers to help with our
mission," said Jeanine Konopelski, Marketing Director for CCI. "Eukanuba's
E-Litter has become very popular with our existing supporters and has helped
us gain first time donations from new fans," said Konopelski.

As graduate teams leave the training centers to return home, new dogs will
enter to begin their professional training. The training of these exceptional
assistance dogs could not be possible without the volunteer efforts of puppy
raisers. With more than 700 Canine Companions puppies born each year, with
the goal of each to become successful assistance dogs, it takes many dedicated
puppy raisers to train these dogs.

"We are very proud these amazing Canine Companions dogs are fueled by
Eukanuba," said Julie Franklin, Eukanuba's Communications Coordinator. "It's
gratifying that the "E" Litter puppies have garnered so much attention for
Canine Companions and the work of these amazing dogs. Three of the "E-Litter"
pups will be living with Eukanuba employees who are puppy raisers for CCI's
North Central region, and we're excited to follow their journey," said
Franklin.

Fans from around the world fell in love with the E-Litter puppies via Live
Stream. Now that the puppies are with their puppy raisers, the Eukanuba and
CCI Facebook pages will feature videos, pictures and updates so fans can
continue to follow the careers of these amazing dogs.

The "E-Litter" puppies will be going to puppy raisers across the US. One will
be flying with their puppy raiser back to Denver utilizing the US Airways
Puppies in Flight program. This program helps prepare future service dogs to
travel on an airplane. US Airways employees volunteer their time and utilize
travel benefits to transport and familiarize assistance dogs in training with
aircraft and air travel in preparation for future flights with their disabled
partners. Over the past 10 years, US Airways employees have participated in
transports everywhere from California to Croatia.


Jeanine Konopelski

Canine Companions for Independence

jkonopelski@cci.org

707-577-1759

About Canine Companions for Independence: Canine Companions for Independence
is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with five
regional training centers across the country. Established in 1975, Canine
Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with
disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and
quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There
is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For
more information, visit cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.

About Eukanuba: Eukanuba offers the most complete food lineup, delivering
nutrition that is customized by breed and breed size as well as health and
performance requirements. Eukanuba is a division of Procter & Gamble
(NYSE:PG). Visit us on the Web at http://www.eukanuba.com or at
Facebook.com/Eukanuba.

About USAirways: Puppies In Flight is a partnership between US Airways and
Assistance Dogs International (ADI), which trains and places assistance dogs
around the world. US Airways employees volunteer their time and utilize travel
benefits to transport and familiarize assistance dogs in training with
aircraft and air travel in preparation for future flights with their disabled
partners. Over the past 10 years, US Airways employees have participated in
transports everywhere from California to Croatia.

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