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.

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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

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

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

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.

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