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KSDS Recognized at State Capitol

KSDS KS IADW Proclamation Signing

KSDS Recognized at State Capitol

When: July 29, 2011
Where: Kansas State Capitol, Topeka, KS

Proclamation honors International Assistance Dog Week

KSDS, formerly known as Kansas Specialty Dog Service, of Washington, Kansas, was honored on July 29, 2011 during the official signing of a Proclamation signed by Governor Sam Brownback. KSDS staff, canine partners, and supporters were invited to attend the ceremony. The declaration is in honor of International Assistance Dog Week August 7-13th, 2011, and recognizes KSDS as an organization within the State of Kansas providing assistance dogs.

KSDS’s mission statement is: To promote the independence and inclusion of persons with disabilities as fully participating and contributing members of their communities through canine assistance. To fulfill the mission, KSDS has placed 458 teams in 32 states in the past twenty-one years, and is fully accredited with Assistance Dogs International, the lead organization in the assistance dog industry. KSDS places service, guide, and social dogs.

“KSDS is proud to be honored by the signing ceremony of the Proclamation by Governor Brownback, as a non-profit organization right here in Kansas that breeds, trains and places assistance dogs for persons with disabilities,” said Marcia Funke, Development Coordinator.

Larry Stigge, CEO, commented, “We are proud of our organization and the dogs trained and provided by KSDS to assist people. We thank Governor Brownback and his office for inviting KSDS Staff, Canine Partners, and Puppy Raisers to participate in this event.”

Attending the ceremony from KSDS in Washington were Larry Stigge CEO, Deb Tegethoff Guide Dog Training Instructor, Marcia Funke Development Coordinator, and Letha Nelson Apprentice Guide Dog Trainer and Puppy Raiser. Also witnessing the signing was State Representative Sharon Schwartz of Washington.

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