The Liberty Lake City Council at its Sept. 20 meeting approved a city proclamation officially declaring September as National Service Dog Month in the city of Liberty Lake.
You can view the city's official proclamation document here.
Here is the text of the proclamation:
WHEREAS, 61 million American adults and eight percent of American children under the age of fifteen have a disability; and
WHEREAS, service dogs are specially trained to perform specific tasks for people with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, including but not limited to retrieving objects, assisting with balance, giving seizure or diabetic alerts and assisting those with psychiatric disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Canine Companions, a non-profit supplier of service dogs, provides specially bred, raised, and trained service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities, as well as facility dogs to professionals working in healthcare, criminal justice and educational settings at no cost to their clients; and
WHEREAS, Canine Companions currently serves people with more than 65 types of disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Canine Companions has six training centers serving the entire country; and
WHEREAS, Canine Companions has more than 2,700 active teams throughout the country and has placed more than 7,300 teams since their founding in 1975; and
WHEREAS, Canine Companions has more than 450 people on their waitlist, looking to be matched with expertly trained service dogs; and
Now, therefore, we, Mayor and Councilmembers of the City of Liberty Lake, do hereby proclaim the month of September 2022, as: National Service Dog Month in the City of Liberty Lake, Washington, and recognizes the benefits of genuine service dogs.
Dated this 20th day of September, 2022.
Phil Folyer, Mayor Pro Tem