Canine Companions for Independence
P.O. Box 446
2965 Dutton Ave
Alan Feinne, Paul Mundell, Susan Lee Vick, Patty Minaker
Anne Gittinger, John Miller, John McKinney, Jean Schulz, Joann Elliott, John Elliott, Mel Gottlieb, Barrie Graham, Russ Gurevitch, Leslie Hennessy, John Hopen, Carolyn Hrach, Chris Kittredge, Jill Leverton, Pauline Parry, Nancy Sawhney, Dennis Sproule, Bob Street, William White, Emily Williams, Juergen Rottler
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
Canine Compaions for Independence places highly trained assistance dogs with adults, including veterans and children with disabilities free of charge. We place place more than 200 assistance dogs annually, and since our founding have placed over 4,100 assistance dogs. There are approximately 1,900 active graduate teams today. We are a national non-profit organization, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. We have four additional regional training centers located in Oceanside, California, Delaware, Ohio, Medford, New York and Orlando Florida. We also have satellite offices in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Los Angeles, California.
We are accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). Our instructors are certified by ADI. The dogs that we place are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and a cross of the two breeds. We have our own breeding program and our volunteer puppy raisers raise the puppy until the approximate age of 1 1/2 years old. At that point, the puppy is turned into respective centers for advanced training.
There is a detailed and thorough application process for our graduates, who come to our centers for Team Training to learn how to work with and handle their assistance dog.