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

Sep 25, 2018

On track to place over 300 dogs

It is officially autumn, and this fall promises to be eventful for Canine Companions for Independence.

Team Training classes will be held throughout the fall, including a first-time class of veterans with PTSD - part of our pilot program, that is being launched at Canine Companions Headquarters and Northwest Regional Center, located in Santa Rosa, CA. In addition to that Team Training, we'll hold Hearing Dog classes, as well as classes that will include Skilled Companions, Facility and Service Dogs.

We are on track to place over 300 assistance dogs for the fourth consecutive year, and by the end of the year anticipate that the all-time number of placements will reach, and possibly exceed 6,000 teams.

In addition to Team Trainings, DogFests will be held throughout the nation. Other special events include golf tournaments, the annual SE Region Gala in Orlando, and Haute Dog. Our outreach and fundraising events are open to the public, and we hope that you'll participate if there is an event where you live. To learn of upcoming events, visit our website

Our Miller Family Campus celebrates its 10-year anniversary, and at the Schulz Campus, we'll break ground on a new training building, specifically designed for students with PTSD.

Because of the support that we receive, Canine Companions highly trained assistance dogs are provided free of charge to recipients. Thank you for helping make our work possible.

Jul 3, 2018

A good 1st 6 months for Canine Companions

The first six months of 2018 are in the books, and the first half of the year has been a good one for Canine Companions for Independence.

We'll start with graduate placements.  All of our regions have held Team Trainings and graduation ceremonies, resulting in the placement of more than 150 assistance dogs in 2018. That puts us on track to once again place over 300 assistance dogs. And, it is important to emphasize that we do not charge recipients for their dog or for follow-up services. More than 5,800 assistance dogs have been placed since we opened our doors in 1975. By the time 2018 ends, we anticipate all-time placements will exceed 6,000. Graduation ceremonies will take place throughout the country this summer. To learn of the date, time and location of a graduation ceremony, visit us at

Canine Companions will be in many communities this summer and fall, as Dog Fest Walk 'n Rolls continue this summer and fall. In addition, we look forward to numerous other special events that raise awareness of our organization and how we make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Other noteworthy news includes the grand re-opening of our Southwest Campus in Oceanside. We anticipate breaking ground later this year on a new and much needed training building at our National headquarters and Northwest Regional Center in Santa Rosa. We also showed off the Schulz Campus in June, with the annual Sit Stay Sparkle event, which raised over $270,000 for the organization.

Canine Companions relies on thousands of volunteers to make it possible for us to do the work we do. We just concluded our annual TEAM Conference in Santa Rosa. Well over 100 volunteer leaders from across the country came to share, learn and take back to their chapters information gained from the conference. TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More, and our organization knows that it takes a team to make it possible for us to provide our highly trained assistance dogs free of charge.

Two-time graduate Tammie shared that having a Canine Companions assistance dog makes it so much easier to be independent and get around in public.

We appreciate your interest in and support of Canine Companions for Independence. Thank you for helping us Give a Dog a Job. Enjoy the summer! 

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