May 28, 2019

A strong first five months for Canine Companions

With nearly five months of the year in the books, Canine Companions is experiencing another strong year. With over 150 assistance dog placements to date, Canine Companions will exceed 300 placements in 2019 - the fifth consecutive year that the organization has placed over 300 dogs. And, all dogs are placed with recipients free of charge. In addition, Canine Companions provides follow-up services free of charge for the life of the partnership.

Canine Companions is also improving and expanding our facilities. Earlier this spring, ground was broken on a new campus that will be located in New Albany, Ohio. This new facility will be the home of the North Central Region of Canine Companions, and will replace the existing facility that is in Delaware, Ohio. 

In Santa Rosa, California, home of our headquarters and Northwest Region, a new training building, designed to serve students with PTSD will be completed very soon. This new building provides critical training space that is needed as Canine Companions serves more people with disabilities.

As summer arrives, so too do a number of special events ranging from DogFests to galas to golf tournaments. These events will raise awareness of and funds for the organization. 

Canine Companions also will hold numerous Team Training classes and graduation ceremonies throughout the remainder of the year. With the support we receive, more lives will be enhanced by highly trained assistance dogs. Graduation ceremonies are free and open to the public. Please do attend a graduation ceremony to witness how your support makes a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Feb 28, 2019

2019 off to a Good Start

Canine Companions for Independence is off and running in 2019. Following a very strong 2018, in which we placed the 6,000th assistance dog in our history and placed over 300 assistance dogs for the fourth consecutive year, all six regional centers of Canine Companions have already held Team Training classes and graduation ceremonies. Throughout 2019, our regional centers will be placing more assistance dogs with people with disabilities, including placing service dogs with veterans with PTSD. Our centers in Irving, Texas, Santa Rosa, California and Medford, New York will place service dogs with veterans with PTSD.  All Canine Companions assistance dogs and follow-up services for our graduates are provided free of charge.

We are also expanding our facilities, which will enable Canine Companions to serve more people. At the Schulz Campus In Santa Rosa, California, a new training building, designed to serve students with PTSD, is under construction. The building should be completed later this year. A far larger project is a new North Central region campus. All signs point to breaking ground on the new campus in April 2019. The new campus, which will be located in New Albany, Ohio will include dormitories for students attending Team Training. The current North Central center lacks dorm rooms for our students.

DogFests and other special events will be held throughout the year from coast to coast. To learn more about upcoming events in your area and how you can make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, please visit our website 

Should you know of anyone who could benefit by having an assistance dog, please encourage them to visit our website.

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Canine Companions for Independence.

Dec 21, 2018

2018 - A good year for Canine Companions

2018 has been another good year for Canine Companions for Independence. For the fourth consecutive year, Canine Companions has placed over 300 assistance dogs. We achieved another milestone in November, when the 6,000th assistance dog in our organization's history was placed. 

In addition to our placement success, the organization is expanding. At the Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, CA, ground was broken on a new training building that is designed specifically for students with PTSD who are coming to our campus to receive a service dog. This new training building, which will serve all types of students will be completed in 2019.

On a larger scale, Canine Companions announced the Campaign for a new campus in the North Central Region. The new campus is to be located in New Albany, Ohio. It will feature dorms for students in training, expanded kennels, and sufficient space that will allow for Team Trainings to be held on campus. We anticipate breaking ground for the new campus in spring 2019. 

Our organization is now headed by Paige Mazzoni, who became CEO of Canine Companions in September 2018.

We are training assistance dogs now for the first Team Training classes of 2019. Those classes will occur in the first quarter of 2019.

The financial support we receive allows us to continue to place our assistance dogs and provide graduate follow-up services free of charge. For more information on our organization, upcoming events, graduations, how to volunteer, please visit us at

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