Mar 23, 2021

First Quarter 2021 Update

2020 was a year none of us will forget, filled with previously unimaginable challenges. Even with our campuses closed, Canine Companions® dogs trained in the homes of staff for several months, we hosted socially-distanced Team Training classes, and we graduated an incredible 362 teams nationwide – just five fewer than 2019. For Canine Companions, the difficulties of the pandemic have served as lessons that have made us stronger. The most important of these is the incredible power of community.

Again and again throughout the year, the Canine Companions staff was humbled by our community’s dedication to our mission.  It’s not just 362 individuals whose lives will be changed – each team has family, friends, colleagues and clients who are touched by the power of the human-canine bond and join our Canine Companions family. We are forever grateful to you for making this possible.

The lessons we’ve learned over the past year have helped us innovate to deliver our program and message more effectively.  By receiving some lectures virtually prior to the start of Team Training, students came to class better prepared and more comfortable, enabling more efficient training for these and future graduate teams. In addition, we started virtual puppy classes for our dedicated volunteer puppy raisers.

Since we opened our doors in 1975, over 6,700 service dogs have been placed. Over 400 people await the call that tells them we have a space for them in Team Training and service dog for them that will open doors to new opportunities.

We are grateful for all you do to support our employees, clients and each other. Together we will emerge from this chaotic time stronger, more resilient and ever ready to spread that ripple.

Nov 23, 2020

Canine Companions fourth quarter update

The fourth and final quarter of 2020 is here, and for many, 2020 can't end soon enough. The pandemic has made this a most challenging year for most, and that includes Canine Companions for Independence.

Our organization provides highly trained service dogs for adults, children and veterans with disabilities. During a crisis, like the pandemic, disability doesn't take a break, and neither did we. As of this writing, more than 260 services dogs have been placed free of charge with people with disabilities. It didn't seem possible that 300 dogs could be placed this year, but it may very well happen for the sixth consecutive year.

Our placements include those with veterans with PTSD to children with muscular dystrophy. One seven-year old recipient shared that his Skilled Companion dog is the "smartest dog in the whole world." Whether our dogs are the smartest or not, a recipient may be assured that they are receiving a dog that learns upwards of 40 commands, and will provide the gift of independence that will enhance their life.

Since we opened our doors in 1975, over 6,600 service dogs have been placed. Over 400 people await the call that tells them we have a space for them in Team Training, and have a dog in mind for them that will open doors to new opportunities.

In the coming year, we look forward to placing more dogs at our centers in Santa Rosa, CA, Oceanside, CA, Iriving, TX, New Albany, OH, Medford, NY and Orlando, FL.

We hope that in the coming year our campuses will again be open to the public, and our Graduation Ceremonies, Galas, and  DogFests will again be in person events. 

Thank you for your interest in Canine Companions Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a safe, healthy and happy 2021.

Jul 31, 2020

Team Trainings and Placements Continue

We are living in a time of uncertainty. Disability doesn’t disappear in times of crisis, and neither has Canine Companions for Independence. 

While many challenges still exist, Canine Companions is once again holding Team Trainings and graduating assistance dog teams at our centers across the country. While classes may be smaller, they are being held regularly. We celebrated our 45th anniversary in July, and in our 45-year history more than 6,500 assistance dogs have been placed free of charge with adults, children and veterans.

Our North Central Region will very soon  have a new home in New Albany, Ohio. The new North Central campus will have something it has lacked -- dormitories for our students. The new campus will also ensure that Team Trainings will take place on campus. It is an understatement when we say that our recipients, volunteers and staff are excited about our new Ohio home. August will be the month we move into our new North Central Regional Center.

Over the course of our history, Canine Companions has held a number of outreach and fundraising events throughout a number of communities in the U.S. Due to the pandemic, our events have gone or future events will go virtual. These virtual events include  but are not limited to DogFests and Galas. We invite you to visit our website to learn of upcoming events and how you can get involved. 

Recipients of our assistance dogs include people like David, whose first service dog was Service Dog Domi. David  shared that Domi helped him learn how to heal from the injuries he sustained while serving in the military in Iraq.

We look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. A Canine Companions Service, Skilled Companion, Hearing or Facility Dog is the gift of independence.



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