May 7, 2002
Milk-Bone and Food Lion will announce the sponsorship of a Canine Assistants service dog for Cary resident Peggy Ann Abbott on May 8 at the Food Lion store in the Timberlyn Village Shopping Center in Chapel Hill.
Abbott, 48, has battled multiple sclerosis for almost 20 years and must use a wheelchair. Milk-Bone and Food Lion say they want to help Abbott overcome some of her mobility limitations by providing her with a highly trained service dog.
The sponsorship equals more than $10,000, covering the purchase of the dog, extensive training for the dog and Abbott, and lifetime veterinary care.
Canine Assistants, a nonprofit organization founded in 1991, trains dogs to assist children and adults with physical disabilities and other special needs. Canine Assistants dogs are either rescued young adult dogs or are puppies raised at their facilities.
Abbott's dog will give her help and added independence doing everyday tasks. Her service dog will retrieve objects, open doors, turn on and off lights and obtain help in case of an emergency.
Milk-Bone's partnership with Food Lion is part of a nationwide effort to sponsor Canine Assistants service dogs for people in need. This year Milk-Bone is sponsoring 40 dogs for recipients across the country. Milk-Bone purchases at Food Lion stores help support the Canine Assistants sponsorship program.
Salisbury-based Food Lion is a subsidiary of Delhaize America, the U.S.
division of Belgium-based Delhaize Group. Food Lion operates more than
1,200 stores and employs 86,000.
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