Oswego Teen Receives Assistance Dog From Canine Companions for Independence

Brittany Kaye and Fonda (with mom, Karen)

Brittany Kaye and Fonda (with mom, Karen)

OSWEGO, NY – Canine Companions for Independence – a national non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities – is proud to announce that Oswego resident Brittany Kaye has recently received a Canine Companions Assistance Dog.

Brittany Kaye and Fonda (with mom, Karen)
Brittany Kaye and Fonda (with mom, Karen)

Thirteen-year-old Brittany was matched with Fonda, a two-year-old Lab/Golden Retriever cross who has been trained to respond to more than 50 commands.

Fonda can turn light switches on and off, open and close doors and retrieve dropped objects.

However, one of her most important jobs will be to provide constant companionship for Brittany.

Brittany and Fonda returned to Oswego after completing Canine Companions recent Team Training Class, an intense, two-week course held at Canine Companion’s Northeast Regional Center in Medford, NY, one of five such centers nationwide.

The Northeast Regional Center serves a 13-state area from Maine to Virginia.

Each student who attends Team Training – held at each center four times a year – is paired with a fully trained, working assistance dog like Fonda, and is taught to work with his/her canine companion.

The training course consists of daily lectures, exams, practice and public outings.

Brittany and Fonda are settling into a routine in Oswego.

Brittany said, “Fonda is a very special dog and I hope to have many wonderful years with her.”

For more information about Canine Companions for Independence, contact the Northeast Regional Center at 1-800-572-BARK or visit us at www.cci.org


Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with five 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.