May 16, 2017

More Assistance Dogs Placed in 2017

Spring is the season of new beginnings.  At Canine Companions, new beginnings for people with disabilities come when paired with one of our amazing Canine Companions assistance dogs. On May 5 and 6th the six Canine Companions regions hosted  graduation ceremonies, resulting in the placement of 91 assistance dogs, bringing the total number of placements to nearly 200 in 2017.  We are on track to reach, and likely exceed 300 placements this year. 

Our second Hearing Dog class of the year in Santa Rosa, California  started the week of May 15.  That follows a one-week class that featured the placement of service dogs with veterans with PTSD.  That class was part of an ongoing study with the Veterans Administration.

Whether a dog is placed at our headquarters in Santa Rosa, or our newest center in Irving, Texas, all Canine Companions assistance dogs and follow-up services are provided free of charge to the graduate.  Over 5,400 assistance dogs have been placed since our founding in 1975, and we're looking forward to placing many more dogs this year and beyond.

The cost of training and placing an assistance dog is $50,000.00, but Canine Companions  graduate Karen, who is paired with Service Dog Aruba shared, "To me,  the gift of independence and my sweet Aruba are priceless!"

Thank you for your interest in Canine Companions, and for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Feb 17, 2017

Off and Running in2017

Canine Companions for Independence placed an all-time high of 366 assistance dogs in 2016.  On the heels of that accomplishment, Canine Companions has held Team Trainings and graduation ceremonies in all six of the organizations regional centers in 2017.  We're far from finished.  Team Training lasts two weeks, and it is during this time that a student is matched with an assistance dog (Skilled Companion, Service, Facility or Hearing).  Hearing Dog classes are held separately.  In addition, the organization continues to be involved in a study with the VA.  In this study, Veterans with PTSD are placed with a service dog.

More than 400 people are on the waiting list to receive a highly trained assistance dog.  The contributions we receive enable us to provide our assistance dogs free of charge to adults, veterans and children with disabilities.   Canine Companions is grateful for the continued support that helps make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Nov 16, 2016

366 Assistance Dogs Placed

When Canine Companions for Independence placed 309 assistance dogs in 2015, it marked the first time in the organization's 40-year history that the number of placements exceeded 300.  Duplicating that achievement in 2016, we knew would be a tall order.

In 2016, Canine Companions not only met last year's total -- it exceeded it by a large margin.  This year, 366 assistance dogs have been placed with veterans, adults and children with disabilities.  That is an all-time best, and without the support of many friends, we wouldn't be able to place highly trained assistance dogs without the generous support that comes from all parts of the U.S.  Over 5,000 assistance dogs have been placed in our history, and today, we have more than 2,100 active graduates. 

Our graduates include Stefan, a veteran who was injured while serving in Afghanistan.  Stefan today has Service Dog Knoxville, who performs everyday tasks that make it possible for Stefan to live a more independent life.

Another dog that makes a difference is Hearing Dog Marguerite, who is paired with Michelle.  Michelle shared that Marguerite helped turn her life around.  In addition, Michelle says that Marguerite is up for anything, including helping Michelle in her work with patients.

Canine Companions graduates come from virtually every state in the country and from diverse backgrounds.  Yet all of our graduates share one thing -- having an assistance dog that makes a difference for them every day. 

Assistance dogs are being trained now to be part of our first classes in 2017.  With your continued help, 2017 will be another exceptional year of providing more assistance dogs with people with disabilities.

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