BOISE -- A Boise bowling alley went to the dogs Sunday for the 2nd annual Pins for Pups bowling fundraiser.
The event at Westy's Garden Lanes raised awareness, support, and funds for the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) program. CCI is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs for people with disabilities other than blindness.
Several of the canine companions were on hand at Sunday's event and organizers say the dogs are highly trained.
"They can open doors, they can retrieve car keys, they can get pop out of the refridgerator, they can carry bags, pick up pencils, pick up money dropped on the ground," said Ron Gambassi, president of CCI's Idaho chapter. "All sorts of things. It's pretty much unlimited what we can train them to do."
Pins for Pups also featured a silent auction with dozens of items.
Funds raised through Pins for Pups will assist Canine Companions for Independence as they raise and train dogs for the disabled.
Last year, more than 260 adults and children received highly-trained CCI assistance dogs in the United States.
For more information on CCI, click here.