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CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co., which operates more than 2,000 convenience stores and supermarkets, and Milk-Bone brand dog biscuits, teamed up to sponsor a canine charity program to benefit individuals with physical disabilities and local police departments.
As part of the promotion, 11 dogs were donated to disabled individuals and local police departments in 12 communities around the country. .
Kroger, whose convenience store brands include Kwik Shop and Loaf ' Jug, and Milk-Bone donated six service dogs through Canine Assistants, a nonprofit group that trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and other special needs. The service dogs donated were given to children and adults with various disabilities in Atlanta, Richmond, Memphis, Louisville, Wichita and Phoenix.
Customer purchases of Milk-Bone products from participating Kroger stores helped make the donation possible. Training costs for Canine Assistance dogs can exceed $10,000.
"Kroger is proud to partner with Milk-Bone in sponsoring the Canine Assistants program," said Don McGeorge, Kroger executive vice president. "These service dogs are instrumental in removing many of the barriers faced by disabled individuals in today's society."