Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Canine Center

By Rachelle Kniffen

Published in: Update - Issue 3 - 2016 »   

Excitement was in the air as Leader Dog President and CEO Sue Daniels and Board Chair John Hebert cut the ribbon signifying the opening of our new Canine Development Center. Though portions of the building have been in use for several months, and portions are still under construction, it was important that we took time to celebrate the significance of the Canine Center project.

Sue Daniels and John Hebert hold a real pair of scissors and a large prop pair of scissors, respectively. They are cutting a blue ribbon in front of the new Canine Center, surrounded on either side by more people

On September 14, Leader Dog President and CEO
Sue Daniels and Board Chair John Hebert happily
cut the ribbon signifying the opening of the new
Canine Development Center.

An excerpt from Sue Daniels’ comments:

“I stood in almost this exact spot on August 4, 2014 to mark the groundbreaking for this 14.5 million dollar renovation project. A project that is the largest and most significant in Leader Dog’s 77-year history.

But August 4, 2014 was not the beginning of this project. This project started in 2011 when Leader Dog employees collectively discussed hopes for the future of Leader Dogs for the Blind. One of the main themes to arise was the need for a state-of-the-art facility for our dogs—a facility that would provide them the ideal learning and living environment.

[Today] we get to celebrate that our dogs are now living in a facility that promotes learning by reducing stress and increasing human-dog interaction—we celebrate that we have an expanded veterinary clinic to better serve the health needs of our dogs—we celebrate that the new puppy area and breeding stock area give us the ability to provide the specialized care needed by our dogs in these critical stages of life.

Throughout the process of visioning, planning, designing, raising money and construction we didn’t lose our drive, because we know that the ability to better equip our dogs for their life-saving work is essential to continuing our mission of empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.”