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4/11/2011
Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone Brand Make Special Canine Assistants Service Dog Donation


Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone Brand Make Special Canine Assistants Service Dog Donation


WHAT
Harris Teeter and the Milk-Bone brand are donating a Canine Assistants service dog to Nicholas Shager, a 10-year-old resident of Cary, NC who was diagnosed with Epilepsy at 7 months old.  Nicholas will be welcomed to the Canine Assistants family and introduced to a representative Canine Assistants service dog during a ceremony to take place at the Crescent Commons Harris Teeter on Friday.  

“We hope the bonding process between Nicholas and his dog will alert us of oncoming seizures, offer him comfort and give him a sense of security” ~ Sue Shager, Nicholas’ mom  

WHERE
Harris Teeter
2080 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 233.9483

WHEN
Friday, April 15, 2011
11 AM

WHY
Milk-Bone, through the brand’s “I Give” initiative, is taking aggressive steps to help people with special needs through the Canine Assistants organization by partnering them with service dogs.  

Canine Assistants is a national charitable organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities, at no cost to the recipient.  The cost and care of these specially trained dogs exceeds $20,000!  The organization runs entirely on individual and corporate donations, such as those from the Milk-Bone brand.

Nicholas and his new best friend will go home together after they have both attended an upcoming sponsored training camp in Alpharetta, GA.  

A certified Canine Assistants Trainer with a representative dog will be speaking at the event.

The media and public are invited to attend the event, meet Nicholas and his family, and learn more about service dogs and how they help persons with disabilities deal with the everyday.

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About Canine Assistants
Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization founded in 1991, trains dogs to assist children and adults with physical disabilities and/or other special needs.  Canine Assistants dogs are Golden Retrievers or Labradors that are raised at their facilities.  For additional information on the Canine Assistants program or how to apply – see their website at www.canineassistants.com

About Del Monte Foods
Del Monte Foods is one of the country's largest and most well-known producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating approximately $3.6 billion in net sales in fiscal 2009. With a powerful portfolio of brands including Del Monte®, S&W®, Contadina®, College Inn®, Meow Mix®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, 9Lives®,
Milk-Bone®, Pup-Peroni®, Meaty Bone®, Snausages® and Pounce®, Del Monte products are found in eight out of ten U.S. households. The Company also produces, distributes and markets private label food and pet products. For more information on Del Monte Foods Company (NYSE: DLM) visit the Company's website at www.delmonte.com