General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC) member Kathleen King will be assisting Canine Companions for Independence by raising a puppy, Shea II, named after GFWC International President Sheila E. Shea. Kathleen will teach the yellow Labrador basic obedience and socialization skills over the next 18 months. He will then return to Canine Companions for professional training. When he graduates, Shea II will be able to perform tasks such as picking up dropped items, turning on lights, and pulling a manual wheelchair.

Over the past year, CWONC has supported Canine Companions, a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support, by participating in DogFest Walk ‘n Roll and baking cookies for puppy graduations at the Oceanside campus. For more information about CWONC visit To learn more about Canine Companions for Independence go to