SAN JOSE SHARKS, CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE PARTNER TO INTRODUCE FINN, NEWEST MEMBER OF THE SHARKS TEAM
With support and assistance from the Sharks, over the next two years Finn, a yellow Labrador born as one of a litter of 10 on May 10, 2019, is training to become an assistance dog. Finn will be raised in San Jose by a volunteer puppy raiser who will socialize him and teach him approximately 30 commands to prepare him for life as an assistance dog. After 16-18 months with his volunteer puppy raiser, Finn will enter the Canine Companions Northwest Regional Training Center for six to nine months of professional training where he’ll learn to pick-up dropped items, open and close doors, turn lights off and on, and more. At the completion of professional training, it’s our hope that Finn will graduate and be united with his new partner for a life of increased independence and loving companionship.
Canine Companions for Independence provides expertly-trained assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities free of charge, and the San Jose Sharks are excited to partner with this amazing organization. The Sharks have worked with Canine Companions in previous years as a sharks Foundation $50,000 grant recipient in December of 2017 as part of the Season of Giving Campaign. On December 21, 2017, 17-year old Danny, along with his Canine Companions service dog Lake, dropped the puck prior to the start of the Sharks home game vs. the Vancouver Canucks.
Fans interested in making a financial donation to support Canine Companions for Independence® can do so by clicking here. Fans can also follow Finn via his social media accounts on Twitter/Instagram at @sharkspup/sharkspup. Fans can also follow Canine Companions for Independence® on Twitter/Instagram at @ccicanine/ccicanine.