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.

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.

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