SWEDISHAMERICAN CARING CANINES THERAPY DOG PROGRAM MAKES DONATION TO ROCKFORD POLICE K9 UNIT

ROCKFORD, Illinois – SwedishAmerican’s Caring Canines Therapy Dog program donated proceeds from its 2020 wall calendars to the Rockford Police Department’s K9 Unit at a check presentation Thursday at SwedishAmerican, 1401 E. State Street in Rockford.

The wall calendars were sold at SwedishAmerican’s East State Street campus in December and feature adorable photos of the Caring Canine dog team members who provide so much value to patients and their families. The sales generated $3,944 this year for the K-9 unit.

“Our therapy dogs work hard for SwedishAmerican and its patients,” said Claudia Aschbrenner, Director of Caring Canines. “We know their doggie friends at the Rockford Police Department work just as hard in the K-9 unit keeping Rockford safe, so we wanted to show our appreciation.”

SwedishAmerican’s Caring Canines program is ten years old.  The program’s 21 dogs provide therapeutic services throughout the hospital.

“Dogs are such an important resource for both SwedishAmerican and for the Rockford Police Department in serving the community,” said Kathy Hansen, board member for the Friends of the Rockford Police K9 Unit. “We are very appreciative of the support SwedishAmerican and its Caring Canines are providing to our K9 unit which has provided highly skilled four-legged members of the police force for 20 years.”

This is the second year the Caring Canines Program has donated its calendar proceeds to a local organization. Last year’s proceeds benefitted the Ryan Jury Early Childhood Development Center.