Sit and stay at the Fort Worth Public Library with Canine Companions volunteers and their service dogs to learn how these dogs help clients experience enhanced independence and how you can apply to help raise puppies for the program.

What you need to know: According to a city news release, informational sessions are set for 10:30 a.m.-noon June 3 at the Southwest Regional branch and 10:30 a.m.-noon June 10 at the Golden Triangle branch.

The gist: According to the news release, specially bred puppies need the following:
  • A safe home
  • Rides to obedience classes
  • Healthy food
  • A chance to be social
  • Lots of love
Each hour spent caring for a Canine Companions puppy is vital to its development as a future service dog, the release stated. The puppy-raising program gives volunteers a unique opportunity to assist with the organization’s very important mission by opening their homes and hearts to the puppies.

The backstory: According to the news release, Canine Companions provides service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities and provides facility dogs to professionals working in health care, criminal justice and in educational settings. Since its founding in 1975, Canine Companions’ dogs and follow-up services have been provided to clients at no cost.