Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Canine Companions for Independence
P.O. Box 446
2965 Dutton Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
United States
(707) 577-1700
http://www.cci.org
 BRIDGE Number: 6722961038

CEO

Paul Mundell

Management Team

Jack Peirce, Paul Mundell, Jeanine Konopelski, Patty Minaker

Board of Directors

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, Ed Kinkeade, Robin Sanchez, Steve Boyd

Project Leaders

Bob Bunger

Mission

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Programs

Canine Companions for Independence places highly trained assistance dogs with adults, including veterans and children with disabilities free of charge. In 2016, we placed an all-time high of 366 assistance dogs. Canine Companions continues to be involved with a study with a VA that involves placing service dogs with Veterans with PTSD. Since our founding in 1975, we have placed over 5,100 assistance dogs, which includes more than 50 placements made in 2017. There are approximately 2,100 active graduate teams today. We are a national non-profit organization, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. We have five additional regional training centers located in Oceanside, California, Delaware, Ohio, Medford, New York,Orlando Florida, and Irving, Texas. We also have an office in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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.

Statistics on Canine Companions for Independence

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2016: $23,330,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $23,330,000
  • Other funding sources: Individuals, corporations, foundations,investments and community contributions of labor and in-kind gifts.
   

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