ROCKFORD, Illinois – SwedishAmerican’s Caring Canines Therapy Dog program is pleased to announce the proceeds from this year’s annual calendar sales will benefit the Rockford Police Department’s K9 Unit.

The Caring Canines, Rockford Police Department, and Friends of the K9 Unit will officially launch the sales on Thursday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the fourth-floor dining commons at SwedishAmerican Hospital (1401 E. State Street, Rockford).

 “Friends of Rockford Police K9 Unit are so appreciative of this gesture from the Therapy Dog program at SwedishAmerican,” said Kathy Hansen, board member for the Friends of the Rockford Police K9 Unit. “Like our ‘Police K9 Heroes,’ we have great respect and admiration for what the therapy dogs do for the patients at SwedishAmerican Hospital.  We feel fortunate to have such a wonderful team of K9s in our area!”

The Caring Canines 2020 wall calendars feature all of the therapy dogs and are available for $12 each. Future opportunities to purchase calendars are Dec. 6, Dec. 11, Dec. 16, Dec. 18 and Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SwedishAmerican dining commons, or on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Heart Hospital lobby.

“SwedishAmerican’s Caring Canines therapy dog program will turn 10 years old this year,” said Claudia Aschbrenner, Director of Caring Canines. “This represents a full decade of delivering their unconditional love, smiles and comfort to our patients. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our own canine team, we would like to pay tribute to their counterparts from the Rockford Police Department. Working tirelessly and skillfully, the RPD’s K9 team has been keeping Rockford safe for more than 20 years. SwedishAmerican’s Caring Canines would like to celebrate our 10th anniversary by saying “Thank You” to the Rockford Police Department Friends of the Police K9 Unit by donating the proceeds of this year’s calendars to their program.”

More information:

For more information on the Caring Canines, contact 779-696-2166 or Caschbrenner@swedishamerican.org. For more information on the Friends of the Rockford Police K9 Unit, visit https://www.friendsofrockfordpolicek9.com/.