We Spent The Day With Some Brilliant Dogs

Cornelius, NC — A group in Charlotte is working to get free service dogs to people who have disabilities.

WCCB Charlotte was there to watch assistance dogs in action as a group of volunteers raised money for a non-profit called Canine Companions for Independence.

“I felt insecure being by myself,” said Megan Gray. “When I lived on my own, it was like am I gonna miss a fire alarm? Is something going to happen when I’m by myself, and I don’t hear it? Especially at night.”

Her assistance dog changed her life forever, and she’s not alone.

Problem is, the dogs can cost 50,000. However, thanks to the non-profit, thousands of people have access to them for free.

Charlotte volunteers start teaching them 30 commands and getting them used to restaurants, hospitals, city buses, anything they will encounter in daily life.

To raise money to do it all, they host events like the one on Sunday.

People paid to get the Christmas in July themed photos of their pets with Santa on Lake Norman.

To learn more about Canine Companions for Independence, click here.