Watervliet woman matched with canine companion

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) –  A national non-profit organization, Canine Companions for Independence, provides assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities. On Thursday they announced that Watervliet resident Anupama Malempati has recently received an assistance dog from their program.

Anupama was matched with Nebraska, a 2-year-old lab/golden retriever cross who has been trained to respond to over 40 advanced commands.  Nebraska can turn light switches on and off, open and close doors and retrieve dropped objects.  However, one of his most important jobs will be to provide constant companionship for Anupama.

Anupama and Nebraska returned to Watervliet after completing Canine Companion’s recent Team Training Class. Each student who attends Team Training is paired with a fully trained, working assistance dog like Nebraska, and is taught to work with his or her canine companion.

Anupama and Nebraska are settling into a routine back in Watervliet.

“Nebraska is a very special dog and I hope to have many wonderful years with him,” said Anupama.

ABOUT CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE: Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with six regional training centers across the country. Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.

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