2014 was an extraordinary year for Canine Companions for Independence. Last year, 289 assistance dogs were placed -- an all-time best for the non-profit organization. We now have 2,000 active graduate teams, and 4,600 assistance dogs have been placed since our founding in 1975. All graduates receive their assistance dog and follow-up services free of charge.
Other highlights of the year include, the appointment of Paul Mundell as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mundell succeeds Corey Hudson, who retired after leading Canine Companions for 24 years. In 2014, we broke new ground on a training center that will be located in Irving, Texas, and became involved in a study with the Veterans Administration that will result in the placement of assistance dogs with veterans with PTSD.
In 2015, Canine Companions celebrates its 40th anniversary of placing highly trained assistance dogs with adults and children with disabilities. Our first Team Training and graduation has taken place -- that being a Hearing Dog class that graduated from the Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, California on Friday, January 23. On Friday, February 13, Canine Companions will celebrate National Graduation Day, as five regional centers will host graduation ceremonies that day. If you are in the area of one of our centers (Santa Rosa, CA, Oceanside, CA, Delaware, Ohio, Medford, NY or Orlando, FL) you are most welcome to attend.
We look forward to making a difference in more lives in 2015, We encourage you to visit us at cci.org.
2014 has been an extraordinary year for Canine Companions for Independence. This year, we placed 290 assistance dogs -- an all-time high for our organization. Today, there are nearly 2,000 active Canine Companions graduate teams, and since our founding in 1975, we have placed 4,600 assistance dogs. While we've experienced many changes over the years, one thing has never changed and that is our graduates pay no fee for their assistance dog.
Other highlights of 2014 include:
- Meeting our graduate follow-up visit goal
- Breaking Ground on a new center in Irving, Texas
- Entering into a study with the Veterans Administration, where we will be placing assistance dogs with veterans with PTSD
- Paul Mundell succeeding Corey Hudson as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canine Companions. Mr. Hudson was CEO of Canine Companions for 24 years.
Stefanie, one of our Canine Companions graduates shared "After my injury, I felt like a burden to everyone. Now I have Service Dog Kaz as a partner to help me take on the world. I don't feel that weight of disability holding me back anymore."
Every contribution helps Canine Companions help more graduates like Stefanie. Thank you for making our work possible.
Our instructors are training the next Canine Companions assistance dogs. Our first graduation in 2015 will be Friday, January 23 in Santa Rosa, California, when the first Hearing Dog class of the year graduates.
More than 200 assistance dogs have been placed in 2014 by Canine Companions for Independence, putting us on track to exceed this year's goal of placing 241 assistance dogs. Our Service, Skilled Companion, Facility and Hearing dogs are making a difference in the lives of adults, including Veterans, and children. All Canine Companions assistance dogs continue to be placed free of charge to our graduates.
All five regional centers of Canine Companions will hold at least one more Team Training class, where students come to a campus to be paired with an assistance dog. At our Headquarters and Northwest Center in Santa Rosa, California, there will be two Team Trainings -- a Hearing Dog class that begins in late September, plus the November class.
There are more than 1,900 active graduate teams today, and in our organization's history, more than 4,500 assistance dogs have been placed.
The donations that are made help graduates like Stefanie who told us "After my injury, I felt like a burden to everyone. Now I have a service dog to help me take on the world. I don't feel that weight of a disability holding me back anymore."