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 cci.org 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.



Apr 7, 2020

Our work continues during Pandemic

Like many other organizations, Canine Companions for Independence has been affected by the Covid-19 virus, and our six regional centers are closed. But our work continues, as staff work from home, and our dogs in training are safe and preparations are underway for how we will train and place our dogs with people with disabilities. 

For people with disabilities, the need for an assistance dog remains, and the support we are receiving ensures that the dogs that enhance the lives of adults, children and veterans with disabilities will soon be matched.

Because of the pandemic, a number of events, including graduation ceremonies and DogFests have been cancelled. We hope such events and ceremonies scheduled for later in the year will take place. Until that time, we encourage you to visit our website at cci.org. 

Your interest and support of Canine Companions for Independence is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Stay safe and healthy during this challenging time.

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.

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