Canine Partners for Life Open House, Sept. 19

Service-Dog-Demo

Canine Partners For Life trains service and companion dogs to individuals with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities.

COCHRANVILLE – At Canine Partners for Life (CPL), independence starts with four paws. CPL invites old friends and soon-to-be friends to discover the life-changing capacity of service and companion dogs at our annual Open House and Cow Bingo.

This free, family-friendly event unfolds on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. It will be filled with plenty of opportunities to learn about how CPL provides professionally trained service and companion dogs to individuals with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities.

“There is nothing we love more than to share our work and to involve our community,” said Darlene Sullivan, CPL Founder and Executive Director. “The Open House is a fantastic opportunity to experience CPL – to meet our graduates and volunteers and to learn how service dogs give the gift of independence to people with disabilities.”

During the service dog demonstrations, dogs will display a myriad of service skills including retrieving dropped items, tugging jackets off, and “paying” a clerk. At the “Life with a Service Dog” tent, guests will hear firsthand how service dogs allow recipients to return to work, get jobs for the first time, attend college or live on their own.

Need a puppy fix? Visitors to the community puppy raising booth will enjoy puppy kisses while learning how our volunteers, train and socialize puppies during their first year in CPL’s comprehensive and customized training program. Next, visitors will tour CPL’s state-of-the-art kennel to see how dogs in the second year of training spend their days.

In between booths, guests will enjoy a free barbecue lunch, listen to live music from Ol’ 422, play kids’ games, meet and shop from local vendors and nonprofits, and watch the ever-popular Cow Bingo unfold at 3 p.m. Cow Bingo is a game of chance that pits players’ luck against the cow “doo”ing her thing. If the cow heeds the call of nature on one lucky person’s square, they are the winner of $5,000! Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased here. Squares are randomly assigned. Winner does not need to be present to win.

CPL is located at 334 Faggs Manor Road, Cochranville, PA 19330. This event is rain or shine. Personal pets are not allowed at the event. To learn more about CPL’s Open House and Cow Bingo on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., visit CPL’s website or facebook page. All event proceeds benefit CPL’s mission.

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