Mar 29, 2013

Canine Companions Enhances Lives of the Disabled

Veteran/SVC Dog Graduate
Veteran/SVC Dog Graduate

On July 4th, Canine Companions for Independence turned 38 years old.  Since our founding in 1975, 4,185 assistance dogs have been placed with adults and children with disabilities.  While many things have changed in the nearly four decades since we first opened our doors, our dedication to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities has not. 

We continue to provide our assistance dogs and all follow-up services free of charge to our graduates

Among those who benefit from our services are wounded Veterans.   Canine Companions continues to give back to those who gave so much by providing Veterans with our highly trained asistance dogs.  One such veteran is Gabe, who was injured during his second deployment to Afghanistan and consequently lost both of his legs.  Less than three months later, Gabe was walking, but still needed help.  That's where Canine Companions service dog Wonka came in.  Gabe graduated with Service Dog Wonka.  Today,  Wonka picks items up that Gabe drops, retrieves Gabe's prosthetic legs,  and is there to cheer Gabe up.  According to Gabe, Wonka is the foundation of the Marines – "Mission Accomplishment."  He'll always be there for Gabe to accomplish the mission.

The four types of Canine Companions assistance dogs – Service, Skilled Companion, Facility and Hearing open doors of new opportunities for our graduates.  Allf five of our centers will hold two weeks of Team Training, beginning August 5.  The week of August 4 is International Assistance Dog Week.

With more than 1,850 active graduate teams today, we continue our mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs (Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers and a cross of the two breeds) and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.  The trainining staff at our five centers, located in Santa Rosa, California, Oceanside, California, Delaware, Ohio, Medford, New York and Orlando, Florida are preparing the next assistance dogs for veterans like Gabe, children like Bridget who is quadriplegic and adults like Nancy who has Multiple Sclerosis. 

Our five centers will host at least two more Team Training classes and graduation ceremonies before the end of the year.  We encourage you to attend a graduation if you live near one of our five regional training centers.

By supporting Canine Companions for Independence, you're enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.  Thanks to you, we provide the gift of independence.  To learn more about Canine Companions and how you can help, or inform someone who may benefit by having one of our assistance dogs, please visit us at

Nov 28, 2012

Canine Companions for Independence Sponsorship

How do Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs make a difference in the lives of adults and children with disabilities?  We'll let our graduates do the talking.

“Tatiana has changed my life in every sense of the word,” Cristina explains.

“Sherlock is a bridge to our clients’ success,” Kristen shares about Canine Companions Facility Dog Sherlock.

“Kane helps me by opening doors and pickingthings up off the ground for me,” Vijay says. “He helps me get things to my lap level rather than me having to bend over to pick them up.”

Those quotes come from three of the more than 1,850 active Canine Companions for Independence graduates. Since we first opened our doors in 1975, more than 4,200 assistance dogs have been placed.   

Every Canine Companions graduate receives their assistance dog and allgraduate follow-up services free of
charge.  It’s made possible by people like you who provide the gift of independence to the adults and children served by Canine Companions.

As we enter the fourth quarter of 2013, we are optimistic that we’ll again reach our assistant dog placement goal.  200 assistance dogs have been placed already this year, and we’re not done.  Our Northwest, Southwest, North Central, Northeast and Southeast Regional centers will all hold Team Training classes this fall.  On November 8, all five centers will hold graduation ceremonies.

To learn more about Canine Companions for Independence, we invite you to visit us at  If you know of someone who could benefit from having an assistance dog, please encourage them to learn about us, and if we're the right fit, apply for an assistance dog.


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