Jan 29, 2020

Off and running in 2020

Canine Companions for Independence is off to a great start in 2020. Our first Team Training class of the year graduated on Friday, January 17 from the Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, CA. Team Training classes in all regions will soon begin, as we look forward to placing more assistance dogs free of charge with adults, children and veterans with disabilities. 

The first quarter of the year will feature fun events in communities like Phoenix, Arizona, where DogFest Phoenix will be held. Our other centers are gearing up for Dogfests that will take place from the west coast to the east coast throughout 2020.

The year also promises to be a good one for our North Central region. Later this year, a new North Central Region campus will open in New Albany, Ohio. This new campus will feature something our current North Central Campus has never had -- dorm rooms for students participating in Team Training. 

In 2019, Canine Companions placed 368 assistance dogs. While that was not a record number of placements in our organization's history, it was the fifth consecutive year that we have placed at least 300 assistance dogs.

We invite you to learn more about the work we do, upcoming events, and how you can get involved with Canine Companions by visiting our website at cci.org.

We appreciate your interest in Canine Companions, and look forward to giving more dogs a job in 2020.

Nov 18, 2019

300 placements in 2019

We are well into the fourth and final quarter of 2019, and once again it has been a good year for Canine Companions for Independence.

For the fifth consecutive year, more than 300 assistance dogs have been placed with adults, children and veterans with disabilities. The total should wind up being between 330 to 340 assistance dog placements. Over 6,200 assistance dogs have been placed since we first opened our doors in 1975.

The need for our dogs remains strong, as our waitlist is 400. We hope to move candidates from the waitlist to team training student as soon as possible. 

In an effort to serve more people, Canine Companions is improving and expanding its facilities. The new training building at the Schulz Campus has opened, providing a third training room. This will help as we continue our PTSD program - placing service dogs with veterans with PTSD.

On a larger scale, the new North Central Campus in New Albany, Ohio is coming right along. By this time next year, we anticipate that our North Central Regional Center will be open for business. It will put that campus on par with all other Canine Companions regional centers.

We could not provide our assistance dogs and follow-up graduate services without the strong support we receive from donors. The financial contributions we receive make it possible for us to provide our assistance dogs and follow-up services free of charge.

We look forward to finishing 2019 on a high note, and look to 2020 as being another year of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs.

To learn more about us, please visit cci.org.

Aug 20, 2019

Canine Companions Growing in Many Ways

On July 4, Canine Companions celebrated 44 years of providing highly trained assistance dogs and follow up services free of charge to adults, children and veterans with disabilities.

Well over 200 assistance dog teams have been placed in 2019, putting us on track to place between 330 to 340 assistance dogs by December 31. All six regional centers of Canine Companions have at least one more team training and graduation ceremony scheduled this year. To learn of the dates of ceremonies and the location, please visit us at cci.org.

One of the dogs that makes a difference in people's lives is Bear, a Facility dog that works for a District Attorney's office in California. This two-year old dog helps victims of crime during all aspects of criminal cases, especially children. 

Educating the public about what our dogs do is critical to the success of Canine Companions. Our  DogFests that are held around the country are both outreach and fundraising events and help spread the word about Canine Companions. DogFests will be held in communities that include but are not limited to Washington, DC, Oakland, CA and  Reno, NV. The events are open to the public, and we welcome people and their dogs to these upcoming events. To learn of a DogFest in your area, visit cci.org.

Our Southeast Region will be hosting their annual gala this fall. To learn more, visit our website and click on the events happening in the Southeast for more information about that upcoming event.

In addition to our events, we also are looking forward to the completion of a new training building at our headquarters and Northwest Region center in Santa Rosa. This building will serve as the space for students with PTSD who will be paired with an assistance dog. In New Albany, Ohio, the construction of a new campus to replace our existing center in  Delaware, Ohio is on schedule. It will be late 2020 before the new campus is finished. The new campus will make it possible for Team Trainings to take place on campus, and the North Central campus will also have dorms, making it possible for students to stay on campus rather than in area hotels.

If you are interested in learning more about Canine Companions and how you can make a difference for the organization and the people we serve, please visit cci.org. Thank you for your interest and support of Canine Companions for Independence.

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