Canine Companions for Independence provides adults (including veterans wounded while serving our country), or children with a disability with a highly-trained assistance dog, enabling them to live more independently. Services include providing our graduates with a dog trained in 40 commands. The training, placement and follow-up services are provided to our graduates free of charge.
People with disabilities often require help and assistance to do tasks that we take for granted - open doors, pick up items out of reach, hear the door bell ring and switch on a light. People with disabilities are often not accepted, sometimes ignored or people only see that they are in a wheelchair and not see what their abilities are.
No longer is the person in a wheelchair, they are the person with the cool dog. The dog opens up social opportunities and helps with physical tasks to work and live on their own. The dogs allow individuals life-transforming opportunities.
The placement of an assistance dog is a long-term benefit to a person with a disability. Canine Companions dogs also help groups of people, impacting thousands of children and adults with disabilities in schools, hospitals, courtrooms and more.
My service dog Lucky enhances my life and makes it richer in ways I didn't even know were possible. As a nurse, it is an amazing gift, knowing that Lucky brings tons of joy to me and ailing kids too. - Randi Price, beneficiary
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,117
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $40,883
Total Funding Goal: $50,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
National Director of Development Services