Meet “Able”: The Future Service Dog


Last fall, you voted and helped us name “Able”, a puppy at Canine Partners for Life. For over 29 years, their organization has placed over 700 service and companion dogs across the country. Able is a sweet yellow Labrador who was born in February and has begun training to become a specialized service animal.

Labrador retrievers make great service dogs due to their loyalty, trainability, and size. They are also extremely adaptable to many different lifestyles. Their steady temperament prepares them to handle obstacles and crisis with a calm demeanor and reliable response.

Recently, Able has been busy learning basic commands with his puppy trainer at the State Correctional Institution in Huntingdon, PA. Able will spend about one-year working with inmates until he is old enough to begin the intensive service animal training back at Canine Partners for Life in Cochranville, PA.

The total cost to raise, train, place and provide lifetime support for a service dog can be very expensive. As a non-profit organization, Canine Partners for Life only asks that a fraction of this cost be donated by recipients of their service dogs.

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