East Meadow resident Judy D'Achille, who is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), is one of several Long Island puppy raisers chosen to march with the dog she raised in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday in Washington D.C.
"It's a huge honor for the dogs and for me obviously, but to have those dogs recognized in the Inaugural Parade is just off the charts," says D'Achille, who just raised service dog, "Tron," for CCI.
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Tron will soon go on to advance training. CCI is a nationwide non profit organization that provides trained assistance dogs for persons with disabilities other then blindness.
CCI was one of 43 organizations selected to march in the parade, out of a field of 2,800 applying organizations.
CCI Northeast Regional headquarters is located in Medford. Regional Director Debra Dougherty says the CCI is honored to march in the parade and was chosen because of its service theme.
The organization said that it is also a great opportunity to spread awareness of how service dogs can help disabled people live more independent lives.