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Ilene Degregorio, 56, of Staten Island, gets acquainted
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Ilene Degregorio, 56, of Staten Island, gets acquainted with Alpha, a retriever and lab mix that may become her helper dog. Canine Companions for Independence, at their facility in Medford, trains dogs for their disabled owners. (Aug 7, 2013)(Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger)

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Medford's Canine Companions for Independence assist disabled

Since it opened in 1989, Canine Companions for Independence's northeast regional center in Medford has placed more than 600 assistance dogs with people who have physical and psychosocial disabilities. On Wednesday, 10 children and adults finally reached the top of a yearlong waitlist to take home a 2-year-old golden retriever, a black Labrador or golden lab mixed-breed at the end of next week.

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