More MS news articles for June 2000

Vons/Milk-Bone Give Gift of Independence to San Clemente Resident With Multiple Sclerosis

Beth Fate Will be Presented with Long-Awaited Canine Assistants Service Dog

Wednesday May 31, 10:15 pm Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: Vons Companies, Inc.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Vons and Milk-Bone will present a Canine Assistants service dog to Beth Fate, during a presentation ceremony Thursday, June 1, 10 a.m. at a local Vons store located at 27320 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA.

Fate, a forty-five year old San Clemente resident with Multiple Sclerosis, uses a manual wheelchair for mobility. Fate's service dog will assist her by picking up dropped items, carrying light objects, and in pulling her wheelchair. Beth believes a service dog will help her become more independent and help break down societal barriers faced by persons with disabilities.

``We are proud to provide the funding for the intensive training program and ongoing support required for Beth's service dog. It will provide her the added assurance of having a trusted companion nearby for years to come,'' said Tom Keller, president of Vons.

The presentation of Fate's Canine Assistants service dog marks the culmination Vons partnership with Milk-Bone. The event will include a presentation from the Canine Assistants organization that will introduce Fate to a representative service dog. This dog is an example of the dog Fate will receive. Fate's actual service dog, which will be specially selected to meet her specific needs, will be chosen at the Canine Assistants training camp Fate attends later this year.

The Vons/Milk-Bone partnership is part of a nation-wide effort to sponsor Canine Assistants service dogs for people in need. This is the third such dog that Vons has sponsored in collaboration with Milk-Bone; enabling individuals on the Canine Assistants waiting list to receive dogs two years sooner. Proceeds from every box of Milk-Bone purchased at Vons in May were contributed to make this sponsorship possible. The sponsorship, totaling more than $10,000, includes purchasing the dog, extensive training for the dog and recipient and lifelong veterinary services.

Canine Assistants, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1991, trains dogs to assist children and adults with physical disabilities and/or other special needs. Canine Assistants dogs are either rescued young adult dogs or are puppies raised at their facilities.