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 cci.org. 

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 cci.org.

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 cci.org.

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.

 
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